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JCC Safety Protocols

Dear JCC Members and Friends,

We are excited to welcome you back to the J. We are putting the necessary safeguards in place to make this a positive experience for everyone. Thank you for your patience and support over these past few months. We could not have done this without you.
Our Center for Sports & Wellness Youth and Family teams, in consultation with LifeBridge Health and local health departments, have developed a comprehensive plan to ensure that your health, safety, and security are a priority. Both members and staff must follow our new policies so that we can protect our community. Access our FAQs, schedules, and forms below.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and visitor limitations, we are not allowing any guests at this time, however prospective members can sign up for our three-day trial. 


  • During your membership check-in you will have your temperature taken and complete a medical intake process including questions about COVID-related symptoms and out-of-state travel.
  • In your initial visit you will need to sign a Code of Conduct and Liability Waiver
  • All members must first make reservations online before arriving for their aquatics and fitness workouts.


  • All JCC staff and members are required to wear masks when arriving at check in and while inside our facilities.
  • Per guidelines by state of MD – Children age 5 and over, are required to wear face coverings when moving through our buildings outside of our preschool.
  • Members will be expected to wear a face covering at all times at the J, other than while swimming or engaging in other physical activities where the use of a face covering is likely to pose a bona fide safety risk or if, due to a bona fide disability or medical condition, it would be unsafe for the person to do so, or to the extent that wearing a face covering would impede communication by or with persons who have a hearing impairment or other disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.


  • Physical distancing is required in all J facilities and programs at all times.
  • Exercise equipment has been removed or disabled so that proper distancing may be maintained. 
  • Reservations for the Fitness Centers, Pools and Group Fitness classes are limited to 50% capacity to ensure ample room for distancing.
  • Plexiglass has been installed in key membership areas, and health protocol signage has been installed throughout J facilities.


  • Our enhanced round the clock cleaning procedures, using Hospital-grade disinfectant cleaners, help assure that all surfaces and high touch points are kept clean and free of bacterial build-up.  This includes the use of Electrostatic Antimicrobial Fog Sprayers that enables the cleaning solutions to adheres to surfaces and penetrate hard-to-reach areas including cracks and crevices
  • Fitness Center, Pools and Group Exercise studios are being cleaned between every reservation time slot. In addition, our housekeeping team routinely cleans throughout the day and a deep cleaning is done midday and at the end of each day.
  • Disinfectant wipes are available for members and staff to use in all our sports and wellness areas to kill bacteria, germs and viruses.
  • Touchless, hand sanitizer stations are readily available throughout our facilities.
  • Our Early Learning Center and J Kids All Day Childcare programs are following cleaning and sanitizing protocols recommended by local and national medical experts. Learn more.


  • We provide regular preventive maintenance to our units including routine filter changes. Our air filters come with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) rating of 11. MERV ratings define the effectiveness of the filter against airborne particles which are measured in Microns. Each Micron is one millionth of a meter in size. We use MERV 11 filters in all J cooling and heating units, the highest filter recommended for our heating and cooling systems which also enable unobstructed air flow. MERV filters rated 11 catch particles that are 1.0 - 3.0 microns and are often used in hospital laboratories.


  • Sodium hypochlorite is a CDC approved pool disinfectant which is applied in swimming pools for water disinfection and oxidation. At our Park Heights facility and all of our outdoor pools on the Owings Mills campus, we add sodium hypochlorite to the water in a form similar to household bleach. At our Owings Mills indoor facility, we introduce sodium hypochlorite by electrically breaking down saltwater. Disinfectant levels are continuously maintained by electronic controllers and are manually checked throughout the day. Ultraviolet (UV) light - an extremely effective sanitizer commonly used in medical environments and on municipal water supplies – is also employed at both of our indoor facilities. We run a large fan over our pools to help improve airflow in the natatorium to reduce the buildup of chloramines on the pool surface. Throughout the day we increase the fan speed and periodically exchange the natatorium air by bringing in fresh air from the outside.


  • All fitness participants are required to wear masks at all times except when they are actively exercising. 
  • All JCC Group Fitness Staff and members must maintain physical distance before, during and after class. Instructors wear face shields while teaching
  • We use the same disinfecting cleansers in our outdoor program spaces as we do indoors for all high touch areas and equipment.

Please Note: JCC Staff will respectfully insist that all health and safety practices are followed at all times. The J will also adjust policies based on local jurisdiction and state mandates and revised CDC and other public health guidelines as they become known. Thank you!

General Info

Fitness Center
Group Fitness
Indoor Pools


Group Fitness FAQs
Fitness Center FAQs
Aquatics Park FAQs
Owings Mills Indoor Pool FAQs
Park Heights Indoor Pool FAQs
Tennis FAQs

Pre-register through our schedules


Forms & Policies

Code of Conduct
Liability Waiver
Medical Intake
Travel Policy