Guidelines for Providing a Healthy and Safe Environment
The following guidelines have been created to instill a sense of confidence that the environment will be safe and healthy for staff, members and children. The guidelines were developed by an advisory committee consisting of local health experts, the Executive Board, current President and members of the board, and community members
The committee created the guidelines with consideration of the New Orleans JCC’s mission as well as recommendations from local, state and national organizations, such as the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Camp Association (ACA).
While the J is taking precautions as guided by health officials, community spread of COVID-19 is ongoing, and asymptomatic transmission is known to occur. Certain individuals, such as those over 65 years of age or with underlying health conditions, are at increased risk of severe disease, and should consider taking extra precautions. All individuals should remain informed and take actions to support both their own and the community’s safety and well-being.
In addition to the general guidelines for the facility as a whole, members should also be familiar with program-specific guidelines:
- Reservations to access the facility are required. Members can learn how to make reservations online by clicking here.
- Temperature Check. All members and staff will receive a temperature check before entering the building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, or who is exhibiting other symptoms, will not be allowed in.
- Wellness Check. All members and staff will receive a wellness check before entering the building. The wellness check includes the following questions:
- Are you displaying any of the following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, breathing difficulty, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you taken any fever-reducing medication in the last 24 hours?
- Have you been quarantined for or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Have you been in close contact with someone who has displayed any of the above symptoms or been quarantined for or diagnosed with COVID-19?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you are welcome to return back to the JCC once you are healthy.
- Masks or cloth face coverings. Adults, including staff, are required to wear a mask or face covering (over nose and mouth) when entering and moving throughout the facilities or when indoors and within 6 feet of another person. Face coverings must be worn by all members, including while engaging in exercise activities. Masks or face coverings will not be required outdoors, though physical distancing remains advised. Adult members must wear them when entering and exiting the outdoor pool. Children under age 3 are not required to wear a mask or face covering. Efforts to facilitate physical distancing will be part of children’s programming, though may not be feasible in all circumstances. Physical distancing (6-feet of separation) is strongly encouraged in both indoor and outdoor settings, particularly in situations when masks or face coverings are not possible. (Pursuant to Proclamation Number 83 JBE 2020)
- Members must complete a waiver prior to using the facility. Print and complete at home to save time, or fill one out after you check in. The parent or guardian member must complete prior to a minor's use of the facility.
- Hand Hygiene. Upon entering and exiting the facility, all persons (children, parents, adults, staff) must wash or disinfect their hands using hand sanitizer. Hand hygiene stations are available at entrances. Frequent hand washing is also encouraged, particularly before and after using the restroom, before and after eating or handling food, before and after touching one’s face (including after touching a mask or face covering, or after discarding a used tissue), and any other time the hands are visibly or potentially contaminated.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well. COVID-19 may be spread by individuals who are asymptomatic. If you have a fever, a cough, shortness of breath, or even just feel a little run down, don't take a chance -- stay home. If you suspect you may have been exposed to COVID-19, call the LCMC Nurse Helpline at 504-962-6202.
STRATEGIES TO REDUCE RISK OF TRANSMISSION
- Plexiglass sneeze guards have been added to all welcome desks and the membership office.
- Signage has been added throughout the facility to remind members to follow social distancing of six feet.
- Reduced capacity throughout the facility with advanced reservations required for use of fitness center, group exercise classes, and outdoor pool.,
- Equipment and furniture have been moved to allow adequate spacing.
- Additional cleaning staff has been hired to ensure all equipment is wiped down after each use.
- High-touch surfaces are cleaned continuously with EPA-registered, virus-killing disinfectants.
WHO SHOULD STAY HOME
To help protect each other, please refrain from coming to the JCC if you:
- Are displaying any of the following symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, breathing difficulty, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell
- Have been quarantined for or diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- Have been in close close contact with someone who has displayed any of the above symptoms or been quarantined for or diagnosed with COVID-19.
WHEN TO RETURN TO THE JCC
Persons who have been ill may only return to the JCC when ALL of the following criteria have been met:
- 3 days with no fever and no symptoms AND
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
- A negative COVID-19 test AND
- A doctor’s note indicating it is safe to return
- Household must be free of COVID-19
Persons with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 or who had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 may return to the JCC when ALL of the following criteria have been met:
- 14-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure AND
- A negative COVID-19 test
IF A PERSON BECOMES ILL AFTER BEING AT THE JCC
Any person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 within 14 days of being at the JCC is asked to notify Pam Cohn, HR Generalist at firstname.lastname@example.org so that appropriate precautions / facility closures can be put into place as guided by local health officials.
In the event of a positive case, please expect short term closures for cleaning and contact tracing in the event of a single positive case. Substantial spread in our camp may lead to longer closures.