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NEW COVID-19 vaccine and mask requirements for employees, members, and large indoor events

UPDATE: September 10, 2021- COVID-19/Mask Policy

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.

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 throughout has been remarkable and inspiring.

A resurgence of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have been attributed to highly contagious variants of the virus, as well as a significant number of unvaccinated people. With that in mind, we are implementing the following policy changes at the JCC:

· JCC Employees: Effective Friday, September 10, 2021, all current full-time and part-time staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a weekly negative COVID test (PCR). We believe this measure offers a critical mitigation strategy to deliver the safest environment for our members and the vulnerable populations we serve. We are allowing staff until September 24, 2021, to comply with this new policy. On September 17, 2021, The JCC will serve as a vaccination site at the Benderson Family Building from 10 am to 3 pm, partnering with the Erie County Department of Health. Anyone in the community ages 12 and up can register.

· JCC Members/Guests: Effective Monday, September 13, 2021, JCC members and guests over age two will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask in all common areas of the building. Masks are not required in the fitness center, locker rooms, swimming pools, or while eating.

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

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

If you have had any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 24 hours – fever of 100.4º or higher, cough, chills, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain or has been exposed to someone who tested positively – we ask that you please stay home for the health and safety of our entire JCC family.