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Plan for Re-Opening

Updated 5/19/2020 (4 pm)

We have published details about our plans for re-opening at https://jccindy.org/reopen/.

Detailed Plan for Re-Opening

Updated 5/13/2020 (10:45 am)

The JCC plans to re-open more programs and spaces for Back on Track Indiana Stage 3 on June 1 (the state’s re-opening date for Stage 3 is May 24, but the June 1 date is for Marion, Lake and Cass counties). Our building hours:

  • Mon-Thu 7 am-7 pm
  • Fri-Sun 7 am-5 pm
  • Please note that the JCC will close early at 5 pm on Thu,, May 28 and remain closed on Fri, May 29 in honor of Shavuot.

Overall, we will be in compliance with the Governor’s following directives for all Hoosiers (see Stage 3 guidelines).

  • Employees and members ages 65 and older and at high risk are urged to use caution and limit their exposure in the community.
  • All employees will continue to work remotely whenever possible.
  • All residents should wear face coverings in public.
  • Social gatherings may be permitted up to 100 people.

Overall Protocols

  • No guest passes will be sold during Stage 3.
  • No cash transactions.
  • No towel service will be available.
  • The babysitting room will not be available.
  • All water fountains will be closed. Members will be encouraged to bring water bottles.
  • Rentals and birthday parties are suspended.
  • For storing personal items and for showering:
    • For safety and cleanliness, no gym bags will be allowed in the Mordoh Fitness Center. Please use the following areas for personal items:
    • Individual Family Changing Rooms will be open.
    • Fitness restroom will be open.
    • Girls/Women and Boys/Mens Changing Rooms will be open.
    • Adult Men’s and Adult Women’s Locker Rooms will be CLOSED.

Overall Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • The JCC will using a comprehensive approach to cleaning and sanitation protocols to allow for proper disinfection. All staff will be trained on new cleaning protocols, the hours of the facility have been adjusted to allow for deep cleaning each night. In addition, each hour, staff will clean high touch surfaces.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in prominent locations throughout the facility.
  • Fitness Center Desk staff will continue to clean during their shift with disinfecting wipes.
  • Members will be required to wipe down equipment after each use.
  • The J has contracted with a cleaning services company to disinfect areas throughout the building each night after close.

Employee Health Screening

The JCC will be following guidelines by the CDC and in accordance with the Back on Track Indiana  and Marion County guidelines. All staff will be required to attend in-service training dedicated to new procedures prior to JCC opening.

Communication of New Protocols

  • To reinforce social distancing among participants, floor decals marking 6′ lengths will be placed at the entrance/exit, anywhere where lines may form and in spaces where group classes will be conducted.
  • Signage will be placed throughout the facility reminding members of state guidelines, e,g,, to refrain from coming in if they have been sick, maintain social distancing, and practice sanitation protocols.
  • Messages will be sent to members via electronic email, posted online and an alert linking to the new protocols sent to those who have downloaded our mobile app.


Arts programming will be conducted virtually.


  • The indoor lap pool and outdoor pool will open at 50% capacity by reservation (method to TBA). The indoor therapy pool will not open during Stage 3.
  • Deck chairs will comply with social distancing and be placed 6 ft apart.


Camp will follow protocols of Youth Programs (see below).

Early Childhood Education (Opened in Stage 1)

The JCC’s Early Childhood Education program has been in operation under Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) guidelines providing essential childcare services.

  • All children prior to entering will have their temperatures checked by ECE Staff before their parent leaves. If the child presents a temperature of more than 100.4, the child will not be able to remain at school and The ECE sick policy goes into effect.
  • Social distancing will be utilized and no more than 20 children will be grouped together within the classroom and/or area. Children will also stay within their assigned classroom, and classrooms are not combined so as to minimize mingling of children.
  • To allow our staff and cleaning company plenty of time to deep clean when children are not present, hours have temporarily changed to 8 am to 5 pm.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 has occurred for a child or caregiver the school will close roughly 2-5 days to facilitate thorough cleaning and work with our local health officials to help us determine appropriate next steps.


  • Sanitizing stations will be placed in prominent locations throughout the Mordoh Fitness Center.
  • Equipment has been placed 6 ft apart to allow for social distancing.
  • We will limit the number of group ex classes to those that allow for social distancing and no equipment. Virtual group ex classes will continue to be offered.
  • Members will be asked to wipe down equipment after each use. Staff will be trained to enforce this.
  • Private personal training sessions and Private and Semi Private sessions on the Pilates Reformer will resume.
  • The number of members in the Mordoh Fitness Center will be limited to 50 members at any given time.

Racquet Sports

  • Private tennis lessons will resume.
  • No group classes or leagues.
  • No Racquetball or Pickleball.

Sports & Rec

  • One on one programming may resume.
  • No youth sports leagues.
  • The Cohen and Schloss Gymnasiums will remain closed until social distancing is lifted.

Youth Programs (K-6th Grade) (Opened in Stage 1)

The J has been open to provide essential childcare services for ages K-6th Grade, operating under the following guidelines.

  • Each child must have a health form on file.
  • Each child’s temperature will be taken upon drop-off each day. Parents will be asked to remain on-site while this occur.
  • If a child presents a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they will be asked to return home with their child(ren).
  • Children will be asked to remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medications, as well as free of other symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting for at least 24 hours from the most recent episode.
  • Social distancing will be utilized and no more than 10 children will be grouped together in a classroom.
  • To allow our staff and cleaning company plenty of time to deep clean when children are not present, hours have temporarily changed to 8 am to 5 pm.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 has occurred for a child or caregiver, the wing will close roughly 2–5 days to facilitate thorough cleaning and work with local health officials to help determine appropriate next steps.

Updated 4/1/2020 (11 am)

As a non-profit, the JCC relies on program fees for the bulk of its revenue. When we closed our doors to support efforts at social distancing, our revenue declined significantly. In recent days we have examined options for our staff, our community, and our JCC that will position us to weather this crisis.

We count ourselves fortunate that members and donors are stepping up to protect our ability to fully re-open when we get the clearance from local, state and federal authorities to do so. Today, we re-opened our early childhood education program. The need for child care in Indianapolis has increased and is increasing. The Family Social Services Administration is seeking spots for children of emergency responders and other essential workers. We are stepping up to help. It bears repeating that we would never open if we thought we couldn’t do so safely. We have procedures in place to ensure the continued safety of our staff and families.

The JCC is grateful for the support from our members, board and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, who are providing revenue at this critical time.

Closing the remaining gap necessitated a reduction in the number of our staff. Letting go staff was the best option to ensure they could access the critical benefits needed for their wellbeing, including unemployment assistance. This decision protects the JCC’s ability to reopen as a sustainable organization when this crisis ends, with the goal of reuniting our staff family and resuming programs and services that make us a treasured community resource.

The JCC is taking additional measures to ensure our JCC is able to re-open:

  • All controllable costs have been cut entirely including non-essential travel, meetings and conferences.
  • Professional service contracts have been reduced, suspended or eliminated.
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is soliciting major donations on behalf of the community.
  • The Jewish Federations of North America and the national JCC Association have teamed up to offer support for all organizations applying for SBA loans. These Federally funded low interest loans provide an opportunity for loan forgiveness.
  • All new hires have been paused. We are interviewing for summer positions, e.g., camp counselors and lifeguards in anticipation of activating those programs when the time comes.
  • We have requests for emergency funding in to United Way of Central Indiana. We also have an appeal in to Lilly Endowment.

We appreciate the support of our members and donors and remain confident we can, and we will, get through this together as a community.

Updated 3/16/2020 (6 pm)

The JCC and the building will be closed as of 6 pm this evening (Mon, Mar 16) through the end of the month.

We are not aware of a JCC staff member or JCC member testing positive for COVID-19, but one staff member had a member of their household who was in contact with a confirmed case so we have made the decision to close the JCC, including all preschool and after school programming, through the end of March. Our commitment to you is that the safety and security of our members, guests and staff is always our top priority.

We would appreciate your continued patience as we work with major funders, including the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, on how to minimize the catastrophic financial impact not only to our organization, but to our employees, many who live paycheck to paycheck.

Although we are closed, we continue to work on finding solutions to ensure we remain financially viable to be able to serve you in the future. We will be in contact when we have news to share so please bear with us. We look forward to the day when this difficult time is behind all of us and we wish you and your family health and safety until we can be together again in person as a community

Updated 3/15/2020 (10:30 pm)

RE: JCC operations beginning Monday, March 16.

We are not aware of staff or members who have tested positive for COVID-19. We have made the decision to close the JCC for all but certain programs where we are confident we can operate safely. We want to reaffirm our commitment to you that the safety and security of our members, guests and staff is always our top priority.

We know we are more than just a building.

Many of our staff will be staffing the facility, running the programs and ensuring a clean, healthy environment. We want to give a huge shout out to them. They are the most dedicated folks we have ever seen and are balancing their own health concerns, travel issues, and family challenges along with the rest of us. We are all stronger for their commitment and dedication.

At the end of the day, the board of directors and the staff made this call together. We did so with tremendous thoughtfulness and care for the community and staff.
The following is a list of programs and their status:

  • Early Childhood Education is OPEN and will remain open pending any new developments
  • After School Care is OPEN and will remain open pending any new developments
  • The building will CLOSE to all other programming beginning at 10 am Mon, Mar 16. This means that the Mordoh Fitness Center, Regenstrief Lap Pool, Schloss and Cohen gymnasiums, Larman Tennis Center and the racquetball courts all will be closed. Also, this means there will be no personal training sessions or Pilates Reformer sessions.
  • All Group Exercise classes, including in dance and aquatics, are postponed until further notice
    • For those interested in attending Les Mills classes virtually, they have provided free access to 95 workout options across 8 categories that will remain open and available as long as the Coronavirus situation continues to cause disruption: https://watch.lesmillsondemand.com/at-home-workouts
  • Because the pools and courts are closed, all Swimming and Tennis lessons are cancelled. Swim Team is cancelled.
  • All youth and adult leagues and recreational programs are cancelled, including pickleball and racquetball
  • The Backer Therapy Pool is closed until further notice
  • The babysitting room will close beginning at 10 am on Mon, Mar 16
  • The J Café is closed
  • All rentals are postponed or cancelled

Other elective programs that have the potential to draw a vulnerable population, e.g., the Alzheimer’s class and Aging Mastery class are cancelled. The calligraphy class has been postponed. No decision has been made yet about Jazz History 101.

To our JCC Members and enrolled program participants, please know that we take seriously the investment you make in your and your family’s participation at the JCC. We will communicate directly with you as soon as we are able regarding your membership or missed programs. As our staff is occupied prioritizing health and safety and reorganizing certain operations, your patience is appreciated.

We look forward to the day when we all have put this difficult time behind us. For now, we ask that you continue to bear with us as we do our part to ensure your safety.

Updated 3/13/2020

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The situation with Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our community is a fluid situation with information changing hourly. Governor Holcomb issued a statement yesterday about steps the state will take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • cautioning individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease to limit their public exposure
  • non-essential gatherings to be limited to no more than 250 people
  • child care and adult day care facilities following social distancing protocol and minimizing large gatherings.

Click here for the full Governor’s statement.

Additionally, Mayor Hogsett announced the closing of all schools in Marion County and the suspension of all non-essential large gatherings in the city.


What We’re Doing

We want to reaffirm our commitment to you that the safety and security of our members, guests and staff is always our top priority. As information has become available, our Senior Leadership Team, Board, and campus Safety and Security have continuously evaluated our role in keeping our community healthy and safe.

We have been assessing the implications of delaying, postponing, and/or cancelling various programs and activities at the JCC. These decisions are difficult, multi-faceted and complicated. We pride ourselves on being a safe and welcoming place for people of all ages and backgrounds to gather, connect, exchange ideas, learn and grow together.

At this time, we have no cases of COVID-19 that we are aware of within the JCC community, nor are we aware of any members of our community who are under medical investigation for COVID-19, but:

  • we have postponed next week’s concert with jazz pianist Emmet Cohen
  • the Libby & David Fogle Lunch Bunch has been cancelled

No other programs are cancelled at this time. Early Childhood, After School Care, Group Exercise, Aquatics, Tennis and Sports all are proceeding as scheduled.

In accordance with Governor Holcomb’s directive, we encourage individuals over 60 years of age or those with a known underlying health issue such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease make the best decision for their own health. And, as always, we urge members and staff to refrain from using the JCC if they are not feeling well, keep yourself and children who are not feeling well away from the JCC, remember to wipe off gym equipment after use, wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Due to the nature of information changing rapidly, we have prepared a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness webpage to provide up to date information to community members. This webpage will be updated as needed.

We are appreciative to all our members who have been patient with us as we make decisions that are in the best interest of our members, guests and users. We look forward to when we can be fully communal again.

Updated 3/11/2020

We realize there are many questions and concerns regarding the current status of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our community. The information changes daily and we want to reaffirm our commitment to you that the safety and security of our members, guests and staff is always our top priority.


Last week we shared the actions that the JCC and other organizations on campus are taking to maintain a clean environment:

  • Housekeeping staff continue to work diligently in maintaining a clean environment throughout our campus with increased focus on frequently-touched surfaces including door handles and countertops.
  • We have reviewed our daily cleaning and sanitation protocol for all program and professional areas and have modified and enhanced procedures where necessary and appropriate.
  • We posted proper handwashing information in all restroom areas, locker rooms and breakrooms.
  • All frontline staff frequently clean with disinfectant frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs and door handles.


The other action we said we’d take is for any staff with respiratory symptoms to err on the side of caution and stay home.


We wanted to let you know that in an overabundance of caution, one of our staff members who is at high risk for developing serious illness should they get coronavirus, or COVID-19, is voluntarily self-quarantining themselves at home. We have no cases of COVID-19 that we are aware of within the JCC community, nor are we aware of any members of our community who are under medical investigation for COVID-19.


The staff member who voluntarily self-quarantined has “second-hand exposure” meaning they had been at an event of 200+ people where one of the attendees had had significant exposure to another individual who has confirmed COVID-19. Our staff member is not currently experiencing any symptoms, but in an effort to protect themselves and others, they have opted to work from home.


The JCC has not been asked to do anything at this point, but we wanted to share the facts to avoid panic and to let you know that we are being proactive and doing additional disinfecting in areas where this staff member has been and notifying people who had direct contact with this person.


In a related issue about whether it is safe to swim in our pools, the virus is not water-borne; any exposure to the virus would come from door handles, railings and other objects that people have direct contact with. Please remember to shower before and after swimming.


We want to take this opportunity to remind members and their guests that the risk of Indiana residents contracting the virus is still low. In an effort to keep our community safe and well informed, here are links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website concerning coronavirus and to the World Health Organization website for advice on basic protective measures. They have communicated that all citizens, businesses and schools prepare for possible disruption due to the potential spread of the virus.


What you can do:

  • Please refrain from using the JCC if you are not feeling well. As well, please don’t send your children to the JCC if they are not feeling well.
  • Please remember to wipe off gym equipment after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly, especially after using the restroom and before eating.
  • Cover your nose and mouth by sneezing or coughing into a tissue. Dispose of the tissue appropriately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid common greetings such as handshakes, hugs and greetings with a kiss.


We continue to monitor the situation with this particular staff member and will let you know if the situation changes. We also are keeping in touch with state and local health authorities. We will continue to provide you with more updates if the risk in Indiana changes and/or if there are any more recommendations for additional precautions.