JCC of Greater Columbus
As of 8.10.21:
The wellbeing of our members and staff remains our top priority as we continue to navigate the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across our community, state and country, the JCC remains in close contact with public health officials to ensure our policies and procedures align to CDC and expert guidelines.
Health experts agree that the unvaccinated remain at greatest risk of infection, serious illness and death from COVID-19 and its variants. According to the CDC, the Delta variant is significantly more contagious and may cause more severe illness among the unvaccinated than previous strains. While the greatest risk of infection and transmission occurs in unvaccinated people, the higher amount of virus produced by the Delta variant is also resulting in more breakthrough cases among the vaccinated.
Widespread vaccine adoption is the key to limiting spread of the virus, minimizing severe illness and slowing the formation of new variants. That’s why the JCC strongly endorses the recommendation of public health experts that all eligible people get vaccinated as soon as possible. In the meantime, the CDC’s most recent guidance advises “we must also use all the prevention strategies available, including masking indoors in public places, to stop transmission and stop the pandemic.”
Effective immediately and continuing until the rates of COVID-19 transmission in the community stabilize, the JCC is reimplementing the indoor mask mandate. Consistent with previous policies, masks will be required upon entry to the building(s) and within general areas such as the lobby, hallways and stairs. Masks may be removed while actively exercising, playing basketball and swimming. Masks will be required at all times for staff and parents in the early childhood areas to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect children who are not yet eligible for vaccines.
We understand that these necessary safety protocols may be disappointing for many who have become accustomed to the freedoms afforded when COVID-19 transmission rates were declining. It is our sincere hope that these mitigation measures, combined with increases in vaccinations, will slow the spread to the point that we can relax these policies once again.
Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation.