Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

Frequently asked questions about returning to our campus.

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The JCC team is thrilled to welcome members back to our campus after the COVID-19 mandatory closure. Our top priorities of safety and security have never been more important than they are right now.*

To ensure the safest possible experience for all, we have made numerous facility modifications and implemented new policies and procedures to comply with local and state regulations. To best prepare for your return, we ask that you read our FAQs below thoroughly. If you have any additional questions please reach out to our team at

*The policies described on this page are subject to change based on updates from the CDC and NJ DOH, and we will continue to update you accordingly.  

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What is open?

All programs are now operating at The Kaplen JCC.  Please check with the program to determine if there are special operating requirements.

Can I come anytime?

  • Yes, during building hours. All visits to the Health & Wellness facilities require a reservation. Reservations are available for members in good standing via the JCCOTP App

What should I bring?

  • Face coverings are required in the building for all individuals over the age of two.  Mask removal in private areas is allowed for vaccinated individuals.  Vaccinated individuals are permitted to eat and drink indoors and to swim without a face covering.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
  • We recommend having a spare on hand or purchasing through the J Store on the JCCOTP App.  If your health situation dictates that you cannot wear a mask, we invite you to join when it’s safer for you.

What risk mitigation strategies has the JCC implemented?

  • Facility modifications
    • Sinks, toilets, and urinals converted to touchless where practical
    • Arm pulls installed on doors where practical
    • Water fountains removed and replaced with bottle filling stations
    • Magnetic door stops installed to prop open doors where practical
    • Serviced HVAC system and replaced all air filters
    • Additional hand sanitizers and wipe dispensers installed throughout the building
    • Installed plexiglass barriers at client service and security desks
    • Signage posted to clarify expectations
    • Health screening questions and temperature check for all staff and participants prior to entry. Out of an abundance of caution, you may be asked questions more than once if you’re participating in different programs. We appreciate your understanding.
    • Only participants registered in camp, preschool or with a reservation in the JCCOTP App for a service that is operating will be allowed in building
    • No babysitting service
    • No guests/guest passes
    • Parents of children in ECC and youth programs not allowed in the building and must follow the specific drop-off procedures.
    • Staff continuing to telework where practical
  • Vaccination requirements
    • All staff are required to be vaccinated
    • All individuals entering the facility should be vaccinated if possible
  • Health requirements
    • All individuals must monitor symptoms prior to coming to the JCC. Any individual who is ill should not come to the JCC and should see their primary care physician as needed.

What are the JCC's Covid-19 specific cleaning protocols?

  • Cleaning is a team effort- members must wipe down equipment after use with self-service cleaning materials such as wipes readily available throughout the building
  • Equipment and high touch surfaces are sanitized frequently with electrostatic sprayers
  • Rooms are sanitized between programs and reservation groups
  • Programs and facility reservations are staggered to limit traffic and allow for additional cleaning time between each group
  • Sanitization stations with sanitizer containing minimum 70% alcohol are placed throughout the building

What are the JCC's quarantine guidelines

If you are considered a close contact (withing 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour period) to someone who has COVID-19, then:

  • If unvaccinated:
    • Stay home for 10 days after last contact with a person who has COVID-19 and no symptoms.
    • Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
    • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone with COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.
    • However, fully vaccinated should:
      • Get tested 3-5 days after the exposure, even if there are no symptoms.
      • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following the exposure or until test result is negative.

What are the JCC's isolation guidelines

Isolation is required if you test positive for COVID-19.  People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). Isolation ends:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

What happens if someone tests positive at the JCC?

  • The JCC will contact our local health authority and take actions as directed which we expect will include:
    • Contact tracing to determine who the individual came in contact with and if the risk is deemed low or high
    • Outreach to individuals deemed at risk while respecting confidentiality and privacy to all
  • Specific areas may be shut down temporarily and undergo additional deep cleanings prior to reopening

What resources were (and still are) used to guide decisions?

  • Board task force on reopening
  • Insurance risk management professionals
  • Medical professionals at Englewood Health
  • Resources and feedback from dozens of other JCCs who opened prior to us
  • Industry-specific oversight and licensing bodies:
    • American Camping Association
    • Camp Nurse Association
    • NJ Department of Health for camp guidelines
    • NJ Department of Children and Families for childcare guidelines
    • Jewish Community Center Association of North America
  • Government resource sites:

Who can I contact with additional concerns about my return to the J?

Our safety team can be reached via

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