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Effective September 10, 2021, JCC Buffalo employees will begin providing vaccination proof or taking a weekly COVID-19 test (PCR).  We expect unvaccinated individuals to receive their first shot by September 24 and complete the required number of vaccine doses and the additional two weeks to build immunity by November 15, 2021.  Staff who choose not to get vaccinated will have to take weekly COVID-19 tests.

For indoor events where social distancing is not possible, like the Jewish Repertory Theatre, we will require masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a performance.

Effective September 13, 2021, members and guests over age two will wear a mask in all common building areas, except for the fitness center, locker rooms, swimming pool, or while eating.  We require these changes to help protect our most vulnerable populations in the Early Childhood Center, Kids’ Place, and those who are immunocompromised.

The JCC is partnering with the Erie County Health Department to host a vaccination clinic on September 17, 2021, from 10 am- 3 pm at our Getzville location to help anyone on our staff or in the community get on the path to becoming fully vaccinated.  Booster shots will be available to those who qualify. https://erievax.powerappsportals.us/

At the JCC of Greater Buffalo, we believe our community’s health, well-being, and safety are central to our mission.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, the JCC has looked to the CDC, Erie County Department of Health, and New York State for guidance.  Through multiple openings and closings, and changing regulations, we have discovered what it means to pivot and shift during a pandemic.  Like our investment in MERV-13 air filters and the installation of virus-stopping UV lights, we think it’s essential to take the lead to keep everyone safe.

We serve a diverse segment of our community, from infants to older adults. Our responsibility is to be leaders for the health and wellness of anyone who comes to the JCC. – Gon Erez, Chief Program Officer, JCC Buffalo

The JCC is the town square of our community, and as such, we must be responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for everyone who walks through our doors. —Michael Rawl, CEO, JCC Buffalo

This intentional and well-informed approach has enabled us to serve thousands of you throughout our community. In-person, virtual, and on-demand, for over 15 months, we have continued to adapt and modify programming along with health and safety procedures.  The support of our members has been remarkable and inspiring.

These vaccination and mask policies will be implemented as open-ended, with any changes or reversals informed by updates from health authorities.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo

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