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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.

Updated Aug. 20, 2021

Jump to: Stay Healthy – News + Updates Global Policies | Fitness Center + More  |  Indoor Pool/Swimming | Early Childhood School | J Kids + Camp | Arts + Ideas 

masksWith the evolving COVID-19 situation, the SJCC is updating our vaccination, screening and masking requirements for entering the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC).

MASK POLICY: As of August 23, masking will be required everywhere at the SJCC, regardless of vaccination status, complaint with the updated Washington state law. Please see below for our mask policies >>.

VACCINATION POLICY: Starting October 1, the J will require proof of full vaccination for all people age 12 and older. Read more on this new policy here >> 

HEALTH ATTESTATION: We also have a new digital health attestation process to make entry at the J faster. This includes an online form you can complete prior to arriving to the J. Learn more here >>

For Everyone Entering the J

  • At this time, access is limited to current SJCC members only (Interested in becoming a member? Learn more.)
  • Members will be asked to complete a revised member agreement and waiver.
  • Before heading to the J, 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 doctor.
  • Travel Guidelines: The J is following the CDC’s travel guidelines. No post-travel quarantine is required for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have traveled out of town within the past 10 days, please review this chart to determine whether you are allowed to come to the J.
    • “Fully vaccinated” is defined as being two weeks or more past the final dose of the vaccine (2nd shot for Pfizer or Moderna; 1 shot for Johnson & Johnson).
    • We will ask members/guests to show their vaccination card (or a photo of it) to verify the date, but will not keep a list or a copy.
    • Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated (including having had only the first of two shots or is less than two weeks out from the last shot) must either quarantine for 7 days and have a negative PCR test at day 3-5 OR quarantine for 10 days without a test before returning after travel.

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Proof of Vaccination

Starting October 1, the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will require proof of full vaccination1 for all people age 12 and older. Between now and then, we’ll take steps to acclimate the community to this new policy.

All visitors 12+ years of age must show proof of full vaccination upon entry. To show proof of vaccination2, show your vaccine card, a photo of your vaccine card, or use the myIR.com tool, sanctioned by the WA state Department of Public Health.

  • Register for myIRmobile.com: MyIR.net
  • Then go to www.myirmobile.com on your phone
  • Log in, click “Go To Documents”
  • Click on the “Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination” and see your “pass”
  • Be ready to show this pass each day you visit the SJCC. Take a screen shot or go to the site daily
  • All visitors <12 years-old will need to have a completed daily health attestation
  • Masking protocols for all will follow WA state law

Health Attestation

clipboardUpon each arrival, we will take your temperature with a no-touch thermometer. In addition, you will be asked to answer health-related questions. We are transitioning to a daily digital health attestation process for everyone entering the SJCC. You can find the form here:


Fill-out the form each day you plan on coming to the J. Must be filled out day of arrival. If you and/or your child(ren) are approved to be at the SJCC after completing this screening, you will receive an automated email from Stroum Jewish Community Center (noreply@jotform.com) containing your written approval and today’s date. You must be willing and able to present the approval email to any SJCC representative upon request. You may show approval on your smartphone or mobile device, or keep a printed copy with you while at the SJCC.

Should you refuse to have your temperature taken or to answer the health-related questions, or if we have any concerns that anyone may be carrying the coronavirus, we will ask you to go home and return another day.

  • MASK POLICY (as of Aug. 23): Per Washington state law, masks are required in all indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status:
    • Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required at the J
    • Face-covering exceptions include:
        • Children younger than 2 years old.
        • Those with a disability that prevents them from comfortably wearing or removing a face covering.
        • Those with certain respiratory conditions or trouble breathing.
        • Those who are deaf or hard of hearing and use facial and mouth movements as part of communication.
        • Those advised by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional that wearing a face-covering may pose a risk to that person.
    • 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.
  • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance.
  • Please follow posted signs as entry points, traffic patterns, and instructions may change.
  • Additional handwashing stations are located throughout the facility.
  • Fitness access (fitness center, basketball + racquetball courts, indoor track, fitness classes, lap swim) is for members only. Other activities and events are limited to registered participants; guest drop-ins are not allowed.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tub remain closed.
  • Water fountains (the bottle-filler will be available) – please bring a full water bottle.
  • Towel service – please bring your own towel.

Fitness Center + More

Fitness Center Subhead

The fitness facilities at the J are available for members only, and reservations are not required. Please note, other than the Fitness Center, access to all other areas – including basketball, family swim, fitness classes, lap swim, and racquetball – are still by RESERVATION ONLY.

The Fitness Center is open to members anytime during the following hours:

  • Weekdays: 7 -7 pm
  • Weekends: 8 am – 4 pm

See more HERE.

Locker Room Subhead

All locker rooms are open. The downstairs Adult Locker Room will again be for women (13+), and our upstairs Men’s Adult Locker Room will be open for men (13+). The boys’ and girls’ family locker rooms downstairs will be open to families with children and those with limited mobility.

  • Showers will be available in all locker rooms.
  • Please continue to bring your own towels.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, and the hot tub remain closed.
  • Locker access is day-use only (any locks left overnight will be cut and removed).
  • Masks are required in all common spaces at the J, including on the pool deck and in locker rooms (except when in the pool or the shower).
  • For complete guidelines, click here >>

We offer one-on-one virtual training. Contact your trainer to set up a session or if you’re new to personal training, email Senior Manager, Fitness, Josh Cross to sign-up.

  • We’re setting up designated training spaces within the fitness areas
    • Client/trainer pairs will be spaced out.
    • Equipment will be sanitized before and after each workout.
  • Trainers and clients will be asked to maintain a six-foot physical distance during workouts.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks in designated exercise areas. Review the full mask practice above >>
  • Locker rooms and showers are open.
  • Bring your own towel and water bottle.

Learn more about our personal training program HERE.

  • Indoor fitness classes are currently allowed under State of Washington guidelines.
  • As of July 1, fitness classes will no longer require reservations.
  • Before your first time back at the J, you’ll be asked to sign an updated facility use policy and waiver.
  • The building is not open for guest drop-ins and access is by reservation only for fitness classes. Before coming to the J, please review our full policies, including mask practices, modified locker room access, no towel service, and more listed above (click here >>)
  • We continue to add to our line-up, so check back to find a class just for you.
  • Small group fitness classes at the J: Weekly Schedule
  • The J also offers a line-up of #VirtualSJCC Online Fitness Classes. Learn more >> 

Swimming/Indoor Pool

We’re offering limited lap swim sessions between 7 am and 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 8 am to 10:45 am on Saturday and Sunday.

  • As allowed by State of Washington public health guidelines, lap lanes will be split between two swimmers, allowing up to 8 spots per timeslot; reservations are required.
  • Swimmers may reserve 1 spot per day.
  • Each swimmer must register individually; household registration is not allowed.
  • You must register each time; recurring reservations are not allowed.
  • Bring your own towel and water bottle.

Find the full lap lane schedule and information on how to register HERE.

Family swim is available on Friday (5-6 pm), Saturday and Sunday (11 am – 4:45 pm). As of July 1, reservations will no longer be required.

  • As of July 1, 2021 reservations are no longer required for Family Swim
  • The pool continues to follow state guidelines on capacity limits and will restrict access if that limit is reached
  • All families must continue to observe social distancing protocols and follow all SJCC policies
  • Locker room and shower access is open to members. Click here for full information on locker room use policies.
  • Masks are required at all times when individuals are not in the pool. For complete policies and procedures, visit our WELCOME BACK page.
  • Before your first time back at the J, you’ll be asked to sign an updated facility use policy and waiver.
  • Water fountains are closed.
  • There is no towel service; please bring your own.

For complete pool schedule, click here >>

Private/semi-private lessons and group swim lessons are available.

  • Private lessons are one-on-one with an instructor.
  • Semi-private lessons are limited to people from the same household.
  • Group swim lessons are limited to four swimmers.
  • Bring a towel, goggles, and a water bottle. There is no towel service. Water fountains are closed.
  • All children ages 5 and above will be dropped off at the health screening desk by the main SJCC entrance. An Aquatics staff member will take children to the pool and return children to the health screening desk after lessons.
  • Children should come prepared to swim, wearing their swimsuit. Aquatics staff will return children in their swimsuit, please bring plenty of dry towels.
  • Only one adult is allowed in the building with a young swimmer.
  • All equipment will be sanitized after each lesson.
  • For all new swimmers (ages 3-5 years old), a parent will be required to be in the water with the child.
  • To maintain physical distancing, instructors may:
    • teach from the pool deck
    • use a flotation device in the water
    • ask parents to assist their child in the water.
  • Anytime an instructor is working directly with a student they will wear either a face mask or face shield.

Find more information about private swim HERE
Schedule and registration information for group swim lessons can be found HERE.

Lifeguard Safety Protocol: Per the American Red Cross COVID-19 lifeguarding protocols, the lifeguard in the lifeguard chair does not wear a mask. We have positioned the guard chair on the pool deck in such a way as to ensure physical distancing. When lifeguards rotate out of the chair or if a guest approaches them, they’ll put on their mask.

Early Childhood School

The Early Childhood School is open for currently enrolled students. Please be sure to review the policies above that apply to everyone visiting the J.

There will be many changes as we follow new and evolving licensing, Public Health, and CDC recommendations for mitigating the spread of COVID-19. A few of the changes you will see include smaller group sizes, daily health and temperature checks for children and adults, outside drop-off, more frequent handwashing, and extra cleaning and sanitizing. Families, please check your email for details. Email ECS Director Carrie Stull with questions.

J Kids

In addition to the policies listed below, please be sure to review the policies above that apply to everyone visiting the J.

J Camp

As with all our J Camp programs, Summer J Camp will be structured with COVID-19 protocols at the fore, including:

  • Daily screenings: every staff member and camper will complete a brief health screening and temperature check before entering.
  • Masks are required. Please see the list of exceptions here.
  • Physical distancing: activities will comply with COVID-19 guidelines
  • Small cohorts: children will be assigned to a group for the week and will stay with that group for all camp activities
  • Please be sure to review the Travel Guidelines above for policies about attending J Camp after travel.
  • This is not an inclusive list of all COVID-19 protocols at the J. Please review the policies at the top of this page for full details of current policies and procedures, which apply to J Camp in addition to those listed here.

Learn more + register for J Camp and other J Kids programs here >>

Arts + Ideas

Below are changes and addition to Arts + Ideas event policy and procedures under Governor Inslee’s “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” effective June 30. You can find the full box office + venue policies here >>.

SJCC is running certain on-site Arts + Ideas programs, with changes and/or additions to facilitate operating under the Governor’s “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery.” Current Washington State and SJCC venue COVID-19 guidelines will be observed and enforced at all times, including but not limited to mandatory health screenings at the door, mask-wearing at all times (except briefly when enjoying concessions at your seat only), and physical distancing throughout the building and on the property.

Changes and Additions to Policies Include:

  • Changes to Taxes + Fees: An additional $2 COVID-19 Facility Fee will be applied to each ticket purchase, which pays for additional cleaning, cleaning staff and supplies, event staffing, etc.
  • Changes to Ticket Delivery Options: Only print-at-home tickets are available for advance online sales. Please print your tickets in advance before arriving to avoid delays and waiting in line at the box office to receive physical tickets.
  • Changes to Seating: At this time, all shows are reserved seating in order to accommodate families/households/pod groups who want to sit together. When selecting seats online or at our box office, we recommend selecting seats apart from other sold seats/rows/groups, if possible.
  • Changes to Late Arrivals + Seating: Late seating is allowed only up to 15 minutes into a show time or film screening; however, latecomers will be ushered to a late-seating row or section temporarily, and only at the discretion of an usher/management will be released or ushered to their designated, reserved seat.
  • Changes to Venue Entry and Exit—staggered arrival and release times:
    • For reserved seating, patrons may be assigned staggered entry times in advance corresponding to their seating row. This information will be communicated on our website, ticket platform, and in all confirmation and reminder emails. If you do not know your seating time, please contact the box office in advance.
    • For general admission in-person events, patrons may be assigned staggered entry times and seated according to a seating chart. This information will be communicated on our website, ticket platform, and in all confirmation and reminder emails. If you need help finding an available or accessible seat, please see an usher.
    • Patrons can only sit in designated available seating. Please do not sit in seats designated unavailable online or in person at the venue. For general admission programs, unavailable seats will be marked as such.
  • Changes to Concession Policy: Food and beverages may be enjoyed at your seat only.
  • Changes to Refund Policy: SJCC Arts + Ideas will offer patrons the option of a refund, credit, or donation only if a show cancels due to COVID-19. Additionally, if you or a member of your party cannot attend due to experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come to the venue and you may contact the box office for a refund, credit, or to donate* your purchase to SJCC Arts + Ideas. Any issued refunds and credits will not include any taxes or fees paid by the customer upon purchase.

*SJCC is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, EIN 90-0953408. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Additionally, all attendees and patrons:

  • MUST wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status, with the exceptions defined by the Department of Health. If you are not fully vaccinated, you MUST continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing at all times. When concessions are made available, masks may only be removed for the limited purpose and limited time period necessary to actively consume food and beverages, which can only be done while seated in the theater.
  • MUST consent to and pass a health screening prior to entering the building.
  • MUST observe and abide by our reserved/designated seating and late seating policies. Please sit only in ticketed, reserved seats. Please do not sit in alternative seats or seats marked “unavailable.” If you need assistance finding a different seat or need an accessible seat, please ask an usher for help.

For full Arts + Ideas policies, click here >> 

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]