In March 2020, none of us could have imagined the impact and challenges we would still face today, nearly a year after we were directed to Shelter-in-Place (SIP). The Center has remained closed since March 2020, and during this time, the staff has diligently worked from home to stay connected, engage with our constituents and the community, create virtual programs and draft a plan to reopen safely.
The Center's top priorities for safely reopening are the health, safety and comfort of those who enter our building. For 35 years, the Center focused on being a second home for the community, where people can connect, gather and be together. In our "new normal," coming together will require all of us to do our part to remain safe.
Our staff have reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to create our reopen plan and included enhanced health and safety protocols above and beyond the current requirements.
Statement from the Center regarding our reopening (2/01/2021)
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) has established guidelines regarding the reopening of its facility and programs.
The State of California/California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) have not publicized a recommendation to allow community centers to reopen any time soon. An announcement may not come until late in the first or second quarter of 2021.
The number one priority of the Center is the health and safety of our program participants, employees, members, renters and those that use and visit our facility. Therefore, the CENTER will remain closed until May 1, 2021, or until the following concerns are met:
- A COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the State of California becomes widely available* to the public in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), following guidance and recommendation from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of California/CDPH, concludes that indoor activities are safe for the general public to resume while following SFDPH health and safety policies and guidelines.
- Policies may include: requiring everyone to wear face coverings and maintaining social distancing; developing protocols for sanitizing, health screenings; improving air filtration/circulation and ventilation; increasing the use of contact-less faucets/equipment, payments systems and sanitizer dispensers; and other directives by state and local public health officials.
- The SFDH allows for the reopening** of community and recreation centers to conduct indoor programming at a minimum 50% capacity while maintaining advisable health and safety procedures.
* As the broader population gets vaccinated, the Center will define parameters for a safe reopening.
** Due to the variety of programs/activities at the Center, some programs/activities may remain suspended until we can resume them safely.
Please find details in our downloadable Reopening Overview below. These procedures and guidelines may change and evolve to reflect new/updated government guidance and expectations.
Our Reopen Plan Focuses on Three Key Areas
We created three critical areas of focus for us as we developed our strategy to reopen safely – Safety and Health, Restarting Programs in Phases and Communication and Engagement.
The health and wellbeing of staff and visitors are at the forefront of our planning. We will implement daily screenings, require everyone to wear face coverings and maintain a minimum of 6 feet distancing at all times. We have also further enhanced our health and safety and cleaning guidelines, which we carefully put together and will implement following the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and SF Department of Public Health (SFDPH). We have also purchased and installed commercial-grade air purifiers, touchless dispensers and exploring other contactless equipment. These procedures and guidelines may change and evolve to reflect new/updated government guidance and expectations.
Due to the variety of programs and activities that happen at the Center, programs and activities will resume and be phased in based on government guidelines, social distancing practices, air ventilation, type of program and comfort level of instructors and students to resume them safely.
To learn more about current program offerings, click HERE. As programs reopen based on safety and feasibility, this page will continue to be updated.
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The Center considers staff and visitors' comfort and peace of mind as equally important as health and safety, so we included consistent and ongoing communication in our plan. We will provide details on what to expect when returning to our facility and our phasing strategy for programs and activities. This information will also be shared in our monthly and quarterly newsletters, social media, on our website and visually through signage around our building. (see sample signage on this page.)
As we plan to reopen safely, we want to share our reopening vision with you. Our Center Reopening Overview, a condensed version of our Reopening Guide, is available for reivew or dowload by clicking HERE. Our Reopening Guide is an evolving document of our policies, protocols and other matters relating to our operational opening and phasing plan.
You can find past COVID-19 announcements and updates on our COVID-19 Archive page.
Caring for our constituents and providing exceptional service has always been a priority at the Center. While the recent COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and how business is conducted, we remain optimistic. We look forward to welcoming all of you with a commitment to ensure your health, safety and comfort.