As Maryland completes Phase One of Governor Larry Hogan’s plan to reopen businesses previously shuttered in response to the coronavirus, the JCC announced it will begin offering select recreational programs to its members.
Adhering to the most stringent local and safety protocols, beginning this June, the JCC will provide outdoor fitness activities on a limited basis at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC campus. This includes group fitness classes, personal training and individual workouts.
All fitness activities will be open to members over the age of 16 and held under shaded structures on the JCC’s outdoor fields to provide ample space for social distancing.
The J operations team also is gearing up to open the Aquatics Park in the coming weeks with all health and safety protocols in place.
“Our community’s safety is of utmost importance,” says Barak Hermann, Chief Executive Officer of the JCC. “That is why in addition to implementing state and federal health and safety requirements, as well as following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, we connected with industry experts prior to our reopening. We are sharing data with other JCCs, YMCAs and fitness leaders throughout the country, as well as working with facility experts and community partners to determine the best policies, practices and procedures to create safe environments with you in mind.”
The JCC also is working closely with disease prevention experts from LifeBridge Health to implement the health protocols required to open safely, in addition to adhering to the CDC guidelines and state and local requirements.
As part of that effort, all strength training equipment will be sanitized after each workout and members will only be allowed to sign up for one 45-minute group fitness class a day to provide enough opportunities for anyone interested to participate in up to three classes a week. Group fitness classes and strength training workouts will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants.
Personal training sessions will be available for up to two clients during each one-hour time slot.
Currently, the JCC is evaluating several other possible re-openings including tennis offerings, with specific guidelines, as well as offering outdoor fitness classes on the roof of its Weinberg Park Heights campus. This is dependent on Baltimore City’s regulations regarding gym openings.
At the same time, the JCC will continue to offer its highly successful, live, virtual fitness classes online. Members can also access a growing archived of over 100 classes on its website.
Now that Governor Hogan has announced that Maryland is easing more restrictions, as part of the State’s Recovery Plan, J Camps is hoping to open their “Summer at the J” in late June.
All programs will fulfill the need for social distancing and will follow all health check-in and sanitizing protocols. Bunks will have no more than 10 children each, and activities will be held outdoors. J Camps is working under the best practice guidelines from the American Camp Association, as well as anticipated guidelines from the Maryland Department of Health.
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