COVID-19 Updates

Membership Update – Jan 2021

An important update from Marty Schneer, JCCNS Executive Director, Jan. 19, 2021:

With gratitude for the past and hope for the future, we invite you to watch this brief but informative message from Marty, including a summary of our 2020 challenges and successes, with a look into the year ahead.

New Years Hours and Capacity Change

Dear JCCNS Members and Community,

Governor Baker has extended the regulations of 25% capacity in gyms, fitness classes, etc. through February 7, 2021. As it stands now, our hope is that we can return to 40% capacity on February 8, 2021. This does have an immediate effect on some of our offerings so we will be making the following adjustments:


  • DancEnergy will be on break through 2/7/21. 


  • Our fitness floor capacity will decrease from 12 to 8 members at a time. These changes have been adjusted on our MotionVibe App, so you can register as usual on the app, but you may notice fewer spots per time slot.
  • Fitness floor participants may preregister for fitness floor time slots FOUR times/week during these weeks.


  • Our lap swim in the indoor pool is not affected by this capacity change. Lap swim will remain at one swimmer per lane, with one lifeguard. However, lap swim times will begin at 7:00am.
  • Our Aqua Aerobics classes will be on break and those open pool times will be replaced with lap swim slots. We hope to resume Aqua Aerobics on 2/8/21. 
  • Family swim, Swim Team and Swim Lessons are not affected.


  • Our Men’s and Women’s Health Centers will be closed during these weeks. We are pleased to offer Health Center members towel service pick-up and drop-off at the Welcome Center.


Our Early Childhood Center and Remote from the J / J Adventure After-school programs are under separate regulations and are not affected by these new regulations.

JCCNS COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

REMINDER: If you have you visited an area/state designated as “high risk" in the past two weeks, you must provide results from a negative COVID-19 test before registering for any programs or events at the JCCNS.  more details

The JCCNS has the following COVID-19 policies for the safety of our members, community, and staff.

The JCCNS is taking reasonable precautions consistent with the recommendations of the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to control the spread of COVID-19 among members, staff and visitors while using our facility.

The JCCNS also expects members, staff and visitors to comply with the Center’s COVID-19 restrictions while in our facility, or when otherwise engaged in JCCNS-related activities and business, including practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer and regularly cleaning work out equipment or work stations, as applicable.

  1. 1
    All visitors and staff to the JCCNS must fill out a Health Questionnaire on the day they are entering the building or engaging in classes. (See questions below.)
  2. 2
    All members and visitors who are registering for a Class or Time-slot on MotionVibe must ALSO fill out the Health Questionnaire before the app will allow them to register. In most cases, you will complete the questionnaire the day before you arrive, AND on the day you arrive.
  3. 3
    For the health and safety of our members and staff,  MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES on the Fitness Floor and inside the JCCNS Building.
  4. 4
    Guidelines for specific areas of the J are listed below.


Contact Andrew Dalton, Membership Director, at

Health Questionnaire:

(to be answered on MotionVibe before arrival)

Despite the above precautions, the JCCNS cannot (and does not) make representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about whether members, staff or visitors can safely enter or use the facility without the risk of being infected by the COVID-19 virus.

Those who fall into a category that is at higher risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19 (such as, by way of example, those who are 65 or older, those who are immunocompromised and those who suffer from the following conditions: asthma, chronic lung disease, diabetes, serious heart conditions, chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis, liver disease and/or severe obesity), may not be able to safely enter or use the JCCNS while the COVID-19 crisis is pending and should use extreme caution.

Any members, staff or visitors who choose to enter the JCCNS, to use the resources offered in our facility or to otherwise engage in JCCNS-related activities or business do so at their own risk.

Before coming in to the JCCNS, please make sure you are healthy and have not knowingly been in contact with anyone with Covid-19 within the last 14 days , and read and agree to the JCCNS Covid-19 Policies and Disclaimer above. Please make sure you cannot answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever or chills? (temperature of 100.0 Fahrenheit or above)
  • Do you have a cough? (Not chronic)
  • Do you have shortness of breath? 
  • Do you have a sore throat? 
  • Do you have any loss of smell or taste? 
  • New nasal congestion or runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies) 
  • Have you been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone displaying the symptoms described above? Or have you been in contact in the last 14 days with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19? 
  • In the past two weeks, have you visited an area/state designated as “high risk?” If yes, please provide results from a negative COVID test before registering.

What to do if you are exposed to Covid-19:

If you develop possible signs and symptoms of COVID-19, are exposed to a person infected with COVID-19, or you test positive, please follow these protocols for quarantine and testing before returning to the JCCNS: 

(right-click to download pdf)

Guidelines by Department / Area:


  • Please limit 2 members in each restroom at a time.
  • Please observe social distancing by using only the stalls and sinks indicated.

Locker Rooms

  • Masks MUST be worn at all times in the locker rooms.
  • 6 feet of Social Distancing must be maintained.
  • 8 people MAXIMUM are allowed per locker room at a time.
  •  A minimal numbers of lockers will be available for day use storage. The remainder of the lockers are closed.
  • Minimal showers have been reopened. Showers will be cleaned regularly and sanitizer will be available.
  • The Steam/Sauna are currently CLOSED.

Men's & Women's Health Centers

Please see signs at Health Centers for more details and guidelines.

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the locker room.
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times.
  • Personal lockers are available. Please be cognizant of giving other members space to change.
  • Towel service is available

Fitness Floor

Thank you for being respectful of our rules in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please click here for our Fitness Floor Rules

Fitness Classes

Thank you for being respectful of our rules in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please click here for our Fitness Class Rules

Open Gym

Thank you for being respectful of our rules in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Please click here for our Open Gym Rules

Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts open for recreational play for JCCNS members only. NO ORGANIZED PLAY SUCH AS LESSONS OR LEAGUES.

  • Only players from the same household allowed on the court.
  • All participants must wear face masks.
  • Players waiting to utilize a court should wait outside the courts gate until the previous players have vacated the court.
  • Players should sanitize hands before and after play. Please do not share equipment. Wipe down and sanitize equipment including racquets, balls, and water bottles.
  •  Minimum 6 foot social distancing required.


Please help keep our playgrounds safe!

  • Children and adults who feel sick or are recovering from an illness may not visit the playground.
  • Users should sanitize hands before and after using the playground.
  • Children over the age of 2 and adults must wear face coverings if unable to socially distance. Adults supervising children should monitor children at all times to ensure children adhere to requirements for face coverings.
  • Minimum 6 foot social distancing required. Adults supervising children should monitor children at all times to ensure children maintain proper distancing.
  • If playground is crowded and social distancing cannot be maintained, please go to another playground.

Rules and guidelines subject to change, following CDC, Massachusetts and Marblehead Board of Health recommendations.

Health and Safety Upgrades

The safety of our members, community, and staff will always be our first priority. As we reopen the JCCNS for you, slowly and safely, rest assured that we have worked diligently to prepare for our re-opening.

Our dedicated maintenance staff have made several upgrades and modifications to our spaces to be sure safety and cleanliness, including:

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  • All classrooms, bathrooms, offices, and exercise rooms used have specific cleaning checklists to be filled out by our maintenance and cleaning staff throughout the day to keep track of cleaning efficiency;
  • All staff will be following the CDC guidelines for cleaning protocol;
  • Our extensive list of cleaning products are EPA registered disinfectants and sanitizers, mixed by an automated system to ensure proper ratios;
  • Moving equipment and furniture in several areas to help promote social distancing;
  • Installing cleaning stations in high traffic areas with running water and or sanitizer available;
  • Clearly marked entrance and exit points throughout the building;
  • Installing tents and handwashing stations at all entries;
  • Creating a entrance protocol which includes questionnaire and temp check for safety.
  • Installing new Merv 13 filters in every HVAC unit in the facility;
  • Installing two brand new commercial grade exhaust fans in the lobby near skylight;
  • Replacing 3 RTU’s in critical areas (weight room, cardio, and spin rooms) to increase airflow, creating a safer environment;
  • HVAC ducts have been professionally cleaned.
  • Installing large commercial fans on pool deck to help promote air flow;
  • Flushing the entire buildings water supply to ensure it's safe and clean for our reopening;
  • Installing acrylic dividers in critical spots to help protect staff and members;
  • Limiting activities and overall persons in the building at all times.
Everyone's Welcome

The JCCNS is a non-profit organization supported by active members and generous donors. Please support our community by making your tax-deductible gift today!