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Summer 2020: Reopening Guidelines & Updates

Welcome Back to the J

Updated June 25

Reopening FAQs
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Thanks to everyone for helping us open on June 15! We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation. Because Phase 1 went so well, we are thrilled to announce that Phase 2 begins Monday, June 29. Look forward to more of the facilities opening and some loosening of restrictions. Thank you in advance for continuing to follow our procedures – bring your wellness questionnaires, wear a mask when not actively working out or swimming, wipe down your equipment before and after use, and wash or sanitize hands before and after working out.

What’s New

  • Increased capacity in the fitness centers and outdoor pools.
  • Reservations are no longer required for open fitness hours. Reservations are still required for group exercise classes, recreational swim, lap swim, water walking.
  • We have removed the high-risk hour at the outdoor pools (high-risk hours are still available for open fitness, indoor lap swimming and water walking). 
  • Court Sports are back! We are happy to announce the return of open basketball, pickleball, badminton, table tennis, squash and racquetball (reservations required). Full details below.
  • Locker rooms will open to all members. Full details below.

Our reopening procedures are in compliance with the guidelines issued by the St. Louis County Executive that are designed to protect the health and safety of our members and our staff. You can see the guidelines here. All of these procedures are subject to change.

Operating Hours

Fitness Center

  • Monday–Thursday, 5:30am–9pm *
  • Friday, 5:30am-6pm*
  • Saturday–Sunday, 7am–6pm*
    • *We will close twice each day for cleaning: from 10-11am and 3-4pm
  • The hours of 11am-12pm, Monday-Friday are designated for our older/vulnerable populations

Indoor & Outdoor Pools

  • Monday–Friday
    • Indoor Pools:
      • SFC: 5:30am-6pm
      • Fox: 5:30am – 8pm
    • Outdoor Pools:
      • SFC: 5:30am-8pm
      • Fox: 7am-8pm
  • Saturday–Sunday
    • Indoor Pools:
      • 7am-6pm (SFC)
      • 7am-8pm (Fox)
    • Outdoor Pools: 7am-8pm
  • We will close twice each day for cleaning: 10-11am and 3-4pm

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General Operating Procedures

Reservations:

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To ensure the best possible experience for all, on-site group exercise classes, lap lanes (indoor and outdoor pools), recreational pool time and court sports will require reservations. You can make reservations 48 hours in advance of your desired visit time on our website. Open fitness no longer requires reservations.

Racquetball and squash reservations will still be made via CSI. Click here to make your reservations.

For more information about reservations, click here.

General Operations:

  • Neither members nor staff should enter the building if they are not feeling well, exhibiting any symptoms of illness, or if anyone they are living with or have been in contact with have tested positive for the coronavirus. It is recommended that members take their temperature at home, as it will be taken before you are allowed to enter any of the J’s facilities.
    (Temperature must be 100.4 or lower to enter the building.)
  • Members must sign a release stating their understanding of the health risk at this time.
  • Members will fill out a wellness questionnaire before each visit.
  • Members and staff should maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet.
  • Staff will wear personal protective equipment (masks and gloves).
  • Members must wear a mask unless actively working out.
  • We can serve members only during this time – no guests will be admitted.
  • Membership service and sales will be available by appointment: contact memberservices@jccstl.org
  • Members please limit workout to one hour.
  • We cannot provide coffee at this time.
  • We cannot provide babysitting at this time.
  • We cannot provide massage at this time.

Entry and Wayfinding:

  • Our building capacity is limited. Please make reservations for on-site group exercise classes, lap lanes (indoor and outdoor pools), recreational pool time and court sports.
  • Members should bring their own towel and water bottle.
  • All members will use the Fitness & Wellness entrance or outdoor pool (SFC – weekends only) only and fitness entrance at Fox. Staff will use Arts & Education entrance at SFC, staff will use main entrance at Fox.
  • Members must wash hands at hand washing or sanitizing stations in the vestibule before entering the building.
  • All members (and staff) will have their temperature checked before entry. Your temperature must be 100.4 or lower to access the building.
  • Members will enter doors on the right side and follow the path to the fitness center. Please respect the recommended 6ft. distance between you and other members and staff.
  • Limit elevator use to one person at a time.

Locker rooms and restrooms:

  • Restrooms will be open in all areas with handwashing guidelines posted.
  • Locker rooms will open on Monday.
    • Please continue to bring your own towel.
    • Please respect a 6-foot distance between you and others.
    • Showers are intended for swimmers only at this time. Please spray showers before and after use.
    • Steam room, sauna, and whirlpool will be unavailable at this time.
    • The Men’s Health Club lounge area will remain closed.
    • Gym bags and purses will be allowed. All purses and gym bags should be locked in lockers; no bags will be allowed on the fitness floor.
Gymnasium, Racquetball & Court Sports

Court sports are back! We must adhere to the adult sports guidelines issued by St. Louis County, but are very happy to announce the return of open basketball, pickleball, badminton, table tennis, and the return of racquetball and squash. During this time, the J cannot provide balls or rackets, so please bring your own.

Pickleball, table tennis and badminton will be open for singles play only, and basketball will be available for 3-on-3 play. There will be no rotator spaces available at this time. Reservations are for one hour for open play, so you will reserve a time for yourself only. Click here to make court sports reservations.

Racquetball and squash will be open for singles play only at this time. Click here to make your one-hour reservation (for you and your opponent).

Please note for those returning for court sports (and everyone else): on your first visit you must sign a release stating your understanding of the health risk at this time, and on every visit you must bring a signed wellness questionnaire.

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Locker Rooms

Locker rooms will open on Monday.

  • Please continue to bring your own towel.
  • Please respect a 6-foot distance between you and others.
  • Showers are intended for swimmers only at this time. Please spray showers before and after use.
  • Steam room, sauna, and whirlpool will be unavailable at this time.
  • Gym bags and purses will be allowed. All purses and gym bags should be locked in lockers; no bags will be allowed on the fitness floor.
Group Exercise, Personal Training & Reformer Pilates

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Group Exercise classes:

  • We will continue to offer more than 70 group exercise classes each week, available via our Group Ex Facebook Group and Zoom, at no additional cost.
  • A limited number of group ex classes will be offered on-site. Reserve your space.
  • RSVP & Waitlist Policy: RSVP’d members will have a five-minute grace period from the time Group Exercise class begins. If you are more than five minutes late for class, and there is a waitlist, a waitlisted member will be allowed to join the class in your place.
  • Aquatics GX classes TBA.
  • For more information about reservations, click here.

Group Ex Schedules
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Personal Training & Reformers Pilates:                

  • Sessions may be booked through your trainer or instructor. You do not need to reserve a time in the fitness center – your trainer/instructor will do that for you.
Fitness Center & Track

Fitness Center & Track:

  • Time in the fitness center will be limited to one hour.
  • To comply with St. Louis County distancing guidelines (10-12 feet), many pieces of cardio and weight equipment have been taken out of use.
  • Drinking fountains will be closed, but bottle fillers will be available.
  • Members must disinfect equipment before and after use.
  • Track will be for walkers only, single file.
  • Cleaning and fitness center exit guidelines will be posted.
Indoor & Outdoor Pools

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Indoor and Outdoor Pools:

All pools will be open; however, our capacity is limited by county guidelines, and you must make reservations for lap swimming, water walking (SFC) and recreational pool time. Also per county guidelines, we are unable to open the water features, but the slide will be open at the outdoor pools.

Members should enter the buildings via the main fitness entrances. The outdoor pool entrance will also be open at SFC on Saturdays and Sundays.

Pool Hours

  • Monday–Friday
    • Indoor Pools:
      • SFC: 5:30am-6pm
      • Fox: 5:30am – 8pm
    • Outdoor Pools:
      • SFC: 5:30am-8pm
      • Fox: 7am-8pm
  • Saturday–Sunday
    • Indoor Pools:
      • 7am-6pm (SFC)
      • 7am-8pm (Fox)
    • Outdoor Pools: 7am-8pm
  • We will close twice each day for cleaning: 10-11am and 3-4pm
  • Lap swim/water walking will be available by reservation, one person per lane. We are unable to reserve specific lanes.
  • Water walking available:
    • SFC Indoor Pool:
      • Monday-Thursday: 5:30am – 9:30am,11am-12pm, 4-8pm
      • Friday: 5:30am-9:30, 11am-12pm, 4-6pm
      • Saturday-Sunday: 7am-10am
    • Outdoor Pool:
      • Monday-Friday: 5:30am-9:30am
      • Saturday & Sunday: 7-10am
    • Fox Indoor & Outdoor Pools:
      • Monday-Friday: 5:30am-8pm
      • Saturday & Sunday: 7am-8pm
  • Outdoor pools: lap swim available:
    • Monday-Friday: 5:30am – 9:30am (SFC Only)
    • Monday-Friday: 7am-10am (Fox Only)
    • Saturday-Sunday: 7am-10am
  • Recreational Swim will be available at the outdoor pools by reservation for two-hour blocks from 11am-8pm, except during the hours the building is closed for cleaning:
    • 11am – 1pm
    • 1pm – 3pm
    • 4pm – 6pm
    • 6pm – 8pm
  • For more information about reservations, click here.
Virtual J

Virtual J:

  • We will continue to offer 100 group exercise classes each week through our Group Ex Facebook Group, at no additional cost.
  • Many other virtual programs are available here at no additional charge.

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These procedures are subject to change based on updated guidelines we may receive from St. Louis County. All cleaning and sanitation protocols are certified effective by the County and the CDC. Our staff will clean at regular intervals throughout the day, and we will sanitize at the end of each day.

In the event that we are informed of a positive COVID-19 test result, we will immediately notify and coordinate with local health officials. These officials will help the J’s management team determine the appropriate course of action for the exposure, which may include temporarily closing an area or a building. We will communicate that course of action with you at our earliest opportunity.

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