Updated Policies

Updated August 19, 2022

As the SJCC navigates the State of Washington’s guidelines for mitigating the spread of COVID-19, this is your go-to spot for the latest policies and procedures for each of our departments, and the broader SJCC facility. Thank you for helping us keep our community healthy and safe.

COVID Guidance

With the evolving COVID-19 situation, the SJCC is updating our vaccination, screening, and masking requirements for entering the facility. Please follow the guidance in the links below from the Washington State Department of Health:

Vaccination Policy:

As you plan your visit to the Stroum Jewish Community Center, please note: all members and/or those enrolled in an ongoing SJCC program; e.g. J Camp, ECS, J Kids, swim lessons, require proof of full vaccination to enter the premises, with exceptions for approved medical exemptions.* Individuals with an approved medical exemption must provide proof of a negative COVID test each week before attending the ongoing program.

For anyone else visiting the J for a one-time event or activity, please be ready to show proof of full vaccination OR proof of a same-day negative COVID test with a signed attestation. Show your vaccination card, an image of your card, and/or download a certificate on MyIR Mobile.

*Please email us for a medical exemption request form. We will contact you after we receive and review the completed form.

Mask Policy:

As of March 12, masks are optional in most areas of the SJCC. However we strongly recommend everyone (2+) wear masks while indoors at the J. Our hope is that by adopting this voluntary, temporary measure, we will be able to mitigate against the current uptick in cases.

The SJCC’s policy regarding masks in the Early Childhood School may vary to protect the health and safety of young children who cannot yet be vaccinated.
For more information on the importance of wearing a mask, visit the State of Washington Department of Health web page.

These practices are subject to change without notice. Please continue to check back here for the latest information. Please be respectful of others’ choices regarding mask-wearing. Maintain a 6-foot physical distance indoors, when possible. Handwashing and sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility.

Medical exemption? Email us for a medical exemption form. We will contact you after we receive and review the completed form.

COVID Report Form:

Did you test positive for COVID within 2 days of visiting the J? Click here to submit a confidential report so we can follow up with potential close contacts.

Before Coming to the J

Members and guests will be asked to complete an updated waiver before participating in any SJCC programming.

Please assess your health with a pre-screen of yourself and your family members. If you do not feel 100% well, please stay home and call your health care provider.

Travel Guidelines: If you have recently traveled out of town, please follow the CDC’s travel guidelines before coming to the J.

Medical exemption? Email us for a medical exemption form. We will contact you after we receive and review the completed form.

Additional Facility Notes

  • Locker rooms and showers are open.
  • Locker access is day-use only (any locks left overnight will be cut and removed).
  • At this time, saunas, steam rooms, and the hot tub remain closed as we work to bring them back after the prolonged closure.
  • Fitness classes are available both in-person and virtually
  • Masks are optional, but strongly recommended, in most areas of the J, including on the pool deck. Masks are not to be worn in the pool.
    • Bring your own towel and water bottle.
    • Certain programs or events may have specific guidance or protocols in addition to those outlined above. Any necessary information will be communicated in advance; please check your email.

    Coronavirus News Updates

    • SJCC COVID-19 Cases Reported (8/15/2022) - With the recent surge of COVID-19 in the region, the SJCC will now be publishing a running report reflecting COVID-19 incidents directly affecting the SJCC community. Each incident will be listed with date and impact information, beginning July 1, 2021.
    • Shana Tova from the SJCC (9/3/2021) - Rolling into September and the Jewish New Year, SJCC CEO Amy Lavin shares the excitement of fall at the J. Plus: an update on the J’s new COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
    • Updated SJCC Entry Option (8/6/2021) - We have a new digital health attestation online form you can complete prior to arriving to the J.
    • All Locker Rooms Open June 21 (6/17/2021) - Starting Monday, all locker rooms will be open. Please continue to follow all signs around the property as we adapt foot and vehicle traffic patterns to meet user needs and uphold COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
    • Locker Room Use Expanded: Showers Now Available (3/30/2021) - Beginning Thursday, April 1, in accordance with Department of Health guidelines, the J will expand our locker room use to include sectioned-off, socially distanced showers.
    • No Workout Reservations Required (3/18/2021) - Starting Monday, March 22, reservations are no longer required to work out in the Fitness Center, as part of the state of Washington's move into Phase 3 of the "Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery." 
    • More Space to Work Out at the J! (1/29/2021) - Starting Monday, we'll have 17 spots available in the J's fitness center (including the north side of the basketball gym) during each workout timeslot.
    • Fitness Activities to Reopen Jan 11 (1/6/2021) - In light of the new guidelines announced by Governor Inslee on Tuesday, January 5, we hope to reopen the SJCC fitness center and indoor fitness activities starting Monday, January 11. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days
    • Fitness Center to Close Monday, Nov 16, at 6 pm (11/15/2020) - Following the latest health mandate from Governor Inslee and the State of Washington, the SJCC's fitness center will close as of 6:00 pm Monday, Nov. 16, 2020.
    • Stay Healthy, Stay Vigilant: An Update from CEO Amy Lavin (11/12/2020) - It's been wonderful to see faces back at the J and we're grateful the community has adapted to all the new procedures. And we're asking everyone to keep it up! As COVID-19 infection rates surge in King County, we must all remain vigilant to protect our own health and that of our community. Hear the latest from CEO Amy Lavin.

    Additional Resources:

    1. Full vaccination is two weeks past a fully completed vaccination regimen.
    2. Given the recent recommendation for a booster shot at eight (8) months post final vaccination, we anticipate the tool to update to reflect that third (booster) shot. We will rely on the DoH tool to certify vaccination status.
    3. Medical exemptions will be honored with proof of medical exemption upon entry. [TBD]