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JCC reinstitutes required mask wearing

Decision effective August 4

Mask wearing while working out. Photo by LightFieldStudios via iStock
Mask wearing while working out. Photo by LightFieldStudios via iStock

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is reinstituting required mask wearing at all its locations effective August 4.

The requirement, said President and CEO Brian Schreiber and Board Chair William S. Goodman in an email, pertains to “both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals of all ages for members, guests and staff.”

JCC leaders noted that although a return to masking “may be a temporary inconvenience for some, your continued cooperation better protects you, your friends and neighbors, and our professional staff who have gone above and beyond to meet your needs during this prolonged epidemic.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the JCC has worked with medical and scientific experts as well as followed guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.

Through those partnerships and endeavors, noted organizational representatives, the JCC has served the entire community, as well as “operated child care and camping programs, restored fitness and wellness activities indoors, reopened locker rooms and supported ongoing public health and nutrition programs.”

Said Schreiber and Goodman, “The rapid onset of the Delta variant challenges us again to best serve you and mitigate exposing our members, volunteers and staff to this highly contagious variant.”

JCC staffer Michelle Hunter helps seniors participate in the lunch program. Photo courtesy of Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh

As of August 3, the JCC plans on continuing all of its current programs and services — members can continue using the Henry Kaufmann Family Park in Monroeville on weekends through September 4. And although indoor masking requirements have changed, masking will remain optional for health and wellness programs for adults held outdoors.

“We anticipate adding outdoor classes to the best of our ability during this next wave,” said Schreiber and Goodman.

As for its indoor operations, the JCC continues following “regular and rigorous cleaning protocols.” HEPA fan/filtration units and enhanced HVAC systems allow for “increased outside air flow,” added the JCC leaders.

Although this marks a “highly unusual period” in the organization’s 126-year history, Schreiber and Goodman reiterated their appreciation for member support.

“Thank you for standing with us,” said the JCC representatives. “With your continued cooperation we will get through this current phase together.”

Adam Reinherz can be reached at areinherz@pittsburghjewishchronicle.org.

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