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The new normal at the JCC puts safety first

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 10:18:54-04

TUCSON, Arizona — A one year old girl has her hands sanitized upon entering the Tucson JCC. She may not know how much things have changed, but others can see that temperature checks, walking on the right, and outdoor showers are now a part of the community center.

"One of our challenges was how to serve the most amount of people in the safest way," said Khylie Gardener, the Tucson JCC's director of marketing.

CEO Todd Rockoff helped put together a medical advisory board for their June 1st reopen. There’s now curbside pickup for children, something that could be permanent.

"When we have people dropping off their kids, we’re screening the entire family. So anyone who’s present at drop off," said Gardner.

It hasn’t been without challenges. The gym had to close. Masks aren’t required for socially distant pickle ball and swimming, but reservations are.

"Lots of people are telling us that we are grateful that we are here. This is a place they know they can be active, and this is going to be a safe place for them. And, we are being accountable to our members and the greater community."