Friday, March 27
Sunday, March 15
The Merage JCC is CLOSED through Sunday, March 29
Aronoff Preschool, PrimeTime and cultural arts, Spring Break programs, fitness and wellness classes, and all other activities are closed and cancelled for the next two weeks.
Thank you to our members and community for your patience and trust as we work together through these unchartered waters. You have the Merage JCC’s unwavering commitment to do all we can to help you and your children. We remain optimistic that this situation will change and we’ll move on together – in the not too distance future.
Thank you to our JCC staff who are working tirelessly to support our members and community.
Sunday, March 15
Dear JCC Members and Friends,
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change rapidly, we must be part of the solution and not part of the problem. The most important thing we can do is to work together to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
After consulting with our medical committee, we have made the difficult decision to close the Merage JCC effective at 6 p.m. today, March 15 through March 29 While we do not have any reported cases of individuals within the Merage JCC community who have tested positive for COVID -19, we are listening to health experts who are urging a dramatic reduction in activity.
We are so proud of the community we have built and realize that this decision can lead to many in our community feeling isolated. Please respond to this email if you would like us to reach out to you personally by phone, as we want to make sure everyone in our community feels supported. Our staff is currently mobilizing to create virtual opportunities to engage our membership from group fitness classes live on Facebook to cooking demonstrations on our Youtube channel and other virtual experiences that will engage our entire community. Stay tuned over the next few days and make sure you check out our web page for constant updates.
To our JCC Members and enrolled program participants: please know that we take seriously the investment you make in your and your family's JCC participation. We will communicate directly with you as soon as we are able regarding credits or payments of postponed/canceled programs. As our staff is occupied prioritizing health and safety and reorganizing certain operations, your patience is appreciated.
Many of our staff members will be working remotely during this time, but everyone here remains committed to building our incredible community. Please join us in continuing to thank them as we are a stronger community because of their commitment and dedication.
We will continue to provide regular updates, and we hope to see you all in a few short weeks back here at the Merage JCC. Please continue to follow the advice of experts and do everything you can to stay healthy and ensure the health of those around you.
Scott Braswell Irv Chase
Executive Director Chair of the Board
Friday, March 13
Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that gatherings of more than 250 or gatherings that do not allow social distancing of six feet per person should be postponed.
The Merage JCC understands that for you, our families, we serve a critical need in caring for your children and offering a place to continue to exercise during this stressful time. In consultation with our board, medical committee, the CDC, OC Health Care Agency, and the CDPH we will continue to evaluate our operations daily. We commit to keeping you up-to-date if we should have to adjust our operations in the future.
Due to the Governor and CDPH directive, we are postponing, for the remainder of March through April, the following events:
Preschool events including Grandparents Day & All School Shabbats
PrimeTime Adult classes, lectures, and events including Great Jewish Americans, Mah Jongg, and Gentle Yoga
Cultural Arts and Center For Jewish Life events including the Israeli Film Series and our Reflection Series (Yom Hashoah, Yom Ha'atzmaut)
The Celebration Ball, originally scheduled for May 17, has been postponed until the fall. A new date will be announced soon.
For an up to date listing of the programs that have been postponed please see our special COVID-19 page on our website.
We want to reassure all of you that we have a COVID -19 response plan, that we will continue to follow as this situation continues to evolve rapidly. This plan was developed with our medical committee using guidelines from the CDC, OC Health Care Agency, and the CDPH.
We have taken additional measures as part of our COVID- 19 response plan to continue to keep our community safe and healthy outlined below:
Added additional housekeeping staff to continuously sanitize our fitness floor, fitness studios, and the preschool
All of our employees with high touch roles including security and our fitness floor staff are now wearing gloves at all times
Increasing the frequency of deep cleaning the preschool, children's areas, fitness center, and fitness studiosWe are a resilient community, and we know we will get through this-together. In the meantime, please do everything you can to stay healthy and ensure the health of those around you.
Tuesday, March 3
- Placing additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
- The cleaning staff are increasing frequency of wiping down high touch surface areas and door knobs
- Equipment in the fitness center is being wiped down more often and we have placed more cleaning wipes throughout the fitness center
- Signs with proper hand washing protocol have been posted in the bathrooms around the building
- We are in close contact with various agencies and participated on webinars with the CDC and will take additional actions as recommended and warranted