In March 2020, none of us could have imagined the impact and challenges we would still face today, over 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 has reviewed and continue to remain informed regarding the 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.
and...we are excited to announce that the Center has reopened on May 3, 2021
The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) has established guidelines regarding its facility and programs’ reopening. 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.
The Center staff have been trained and will follow new hygiene and safety protocols. They also understand the risk transmissibility based on the SFDPH, CDPH and CDC orders and guidance and will move forward in restarting programs in phases.
In early phases, and for the safety and health of participants, programs will resume with capacity limits and require participants to:
- Provide proof of complete vaccination* or a negative test result within 72 hours of program participation (*14 days after last shot)
- Follow the Center’s mandatory policies of mask-wearing, sanitizing and social distancing.
- Preregister and prepay for programs and events.
- Complete and sign the Center's Health Policy and Waiver Form (details below).
As restrictions ease, we will update policies to coincide with expanded participation.
** 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 Guide Overview below. These procedures and guidelines may change and evolve to reflect new/updated government guidance and expectations.
Our constituents, staff and community's health and safety remain our highest priority as we reopen and restart programs at the Center.
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on May 13 that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or maintain distance in certain indoor settings, the Center will wait to follow the guidance of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and will not yet follow the new mask rule.
Mask-wearing and social distancing will remain in place at the Center. (click HERE for our FAQ on policies)
The state/CDPH and City/SFDPH must review and adopt new guidelines and change the local health order before the Center will be allowed to update its policies. We know people are eager to shed their masks and encourage every eligible person to get vaccinated as soon as possible. However, we will continue to require masking and social distancing while at the Center and for in-person program participants to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative test result within 72 hours.
Once City guidelines are updated, we will announce our new policies. Please visit our website (www.jcccnc.org) or follow us on social media (FB: @likeJCCCNC/ IG: jcccnc_SF ) for updates. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe!
Policies for anyone participating in Center Programs:
- Complete* vaccination required or provide proof of a negative test result within 72 hours (*must include required 14 day wait period after last shot)
- Preregister, prepay and sign Health Policy and Waiver Form* online
- There will be maximum capacity limits for programs based on space available and availability to maintain recommended distancing
- Stay home when appropriate. Please refrain from coming to the Center if:
*We will require participants to complete and sign our Health Policy and Waiver Form (on JotForm web app) which includes SFDPH health screening questions, Center policies, and waiver of liability. Participants will also need to upload proof of full vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of visit. For your convenience and efficiency, the JotForm can be easily accessed via the QR code to the right or through this link.
While at the Center, we ask that you:
- Sanitize or wash your hands regularly, and before entering the building
- Wear a mask at all times, even during sports play
- Maintain at least 6-feet of distance from others (some activities may require additional distancing)
- Will keep doors and windows open to allow for airflow when/where possible
- Will utilize HyperHEPA air filtration purifiers in rooms without access to fresh air
- Increased our cleaning and sanitation of high-touch areas and restrooms
- Placed social distancing markers on the floors in areas you may need to wait
- Installed touchless equipment where possible
- Touchless hand sanitizer dispenser at the entrance and in the hallway, and pump sanitizer available in all rooms
- Touchless soap dispensers in restrooms
- Touchless payment system
To review all of our health and safety measures, please view our Reopening Guide Overview.
IN-PERSON PROGRAMS PHASED PLAN
Here is our tentative phased schedule for resuming ongoing IN-PERSON classes at the Center. Please note that dates may change due to changes in health and safety directives. Visit our class registration schedule to confirm exact start dates/times, register, and complete the necessary Health Policy and Waiver Form (JotForm QR code above).
PHASE ONE PROGRAMS
Line Dancing (Tuesdays and Fridays, starts May 4)
Basketball (Registered Open Play with masks required - Mondays and Wednesdays, starts May 10)
Senior Writing (Wednesdays, starts May 19)
Volleyball (Registered Open Play with masks required - Tuesdays, starts May 4)
Kendo (register with SF Kendo – Thursdays, starts May)
SEE BELOW (under "Restarting Programs") for the future class/program reopening schedule.
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 require the following from those who enter our building:
- daily staff and visitor screenings
- everyone to wear face coverings
- maintain a minimum of 6 feet distancing at all times
- preregister and prepay for programs/events
- program participants to provide proof of complete vaccination or negative test within 72 hours
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 HyperHEPA air purifiers, touchless dispensers, and we are 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 restart them safely.
To learn more about current program offerings, click HERE. Future reopenings listed below.
PHASE TWO – JUNE 5 (Phase 1 – listed above)
Drawing (Saturdays, starts June 5)
Ukulele (Saturdays, starts June 5)
Yoga (Saturdays, starts June 5)
Watercolor (Mondays, starts June 7)
30+ Basketball League (Mondays, starts June 7)
40+ Basketball League (Wednesdays, starts June 9)
Beginning Hula (Wednesdays, starts June 9)
Ikebana (Wednesdays, starts June 9)
Kabuki Screenings (2nd Tuesday, possibly June)
Washi Ningyo (3rd Saturday, possibly June)
WORKSHOPS (Wagashi/Kaiseki and Kenji’s Kitchen, begin in June)
PHASE THREE - TBD
Chorale May (Tuesdays, possibly June)
Ensemble Shiki (Tuesdays, possibly June)
Ukulele/ Singing (Thursdays, possibly June)
Ukulele/ Singing (Saturdays, possibly June)
Shigin (2nd & 4th Thursdays, possibly June)
Shogi Club (2nd Sundays, possibly June)
Hula (Saturdays, possibly July)
Yosakoi (Fridays, starts August 6)
Ceramics (Tuesdays, start TBD)
Karate (Mondays/Wednesdays/Sundays, start TBD)
To stay in the loop on new workshops and events– sign up HERE for our monthly electronic newsletter
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 Reopening Guide Overview, a condensed version of our Reopening Guide, is available for review or download 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.