The Bender JCC is open!
April 12, 2021: The Montgomery County Health Department announced that it will allow 2 people to swim per lap lane beginning on April 1. Following the county guidelines, the Bender JCC will begin allowing 2 members per lane for the outdoor pool on Monday, April 5, and will allow 2 members per lane in the indoor pool beginning Saturday, May 1. However, we will have 3 reserved time-slots for each pool that will continue to only allow 1 member per lane. Please see the full April 2021 Lap Swim Update information below.
March 15, 2021: As the county continues to move forward with COVID-19 recovery, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services has given approval for household members to share a lap lane. Beginning March 15, two household members can share a lap lane for lap swimming or aqua jogging at the JCC Indoor and Outdoor Pools. When making a reservation in Clubready, only 1 member will need to book the reservation, but both members will need an active membership and will need to fill out the health screening form.
July 2020: We are so excited to start welcoming our members back for a phased reopening of the Bender JCC!
The Bender JCC will look and feel a little different when we reopen, so please read through this web page so you know what to expect when you return. We are reopening with shorter hours and will review our hours later in the summer.
In order to maintain our high standards of health and safety for our members and staff, we have implemented many new policies and procedures at the Bender JCC. We will continue to follow CDC, Maryland State, and Montgomery County guidelines as well as the guidance provided by our new Medical Advisory Committee (comprised of physicians and public health experts) throughout our phased reopening.
Tentative Reopening Timeline: All dates are subject to change based on the current guidelines from the CDC, State of Maryland, and Montgomery County government.
- July 6: Bender JCC outdoor pool reopening. The outdoor pool will be for adult lap swim and water jogging only for the first week and by reservations only.
- July 8: Herman Indoor Aquatic Center and Weinberg Fitness Center will open. Masks must be worn in the fitness center and all lap swimming and working out are by reservations only.
- July 11: Bender JCC outdoor pool will reopen for family recreational swimming and lap swimming. Indoor fitness and the indoor pool will continue with limited capacity based on Montgomery County guidelines. Reservations will continue to be required for both indoor and outdoor pools as well as indoor fitness.
- Sept 21: Adult and Family locker rooms and showers will reopen.
April 2021 Lap Swim Update
The Montgomery County Health Department announced that it will allow 2 people to swim per lap lane beginning on April 1. Following the county guidelines, the Bender JCC will begin allowing 2 members per lane for the outdoor pool on Monday, April 5, and will allow 2 members per lane in the indoor pool beginning Saturday, May 1. However, we will have 3 reserved time-slots for each pool that will continue to only allow 1 member per lane.
· Outdoor Pool 1 Member Per Lane Options (Begins April 5): 7:50 AM, 11:10 AM, 2:30 PM
· Indoor Pool 1 Member Per Lane Options (Begins May 1): 8:40 AM, 12 PM, 3:10 PM
All other time-slots will accommodate 2 members per lane with 16 reservations for the outdoor pool and 12 reservations for the indoor pool.
Lap Lanes are for universal use and patrons may share a lane with an individual who is exercising a different way. Neither exercise should interfere with another. Both swimmers will need a reservation and do not need to be related or reside in the same household.
Swimmers will stagger entrance into the lane from the same end of the pool. The second swimmer may enter the lane once the initial swimmer has begun exercise with either their face in the water or a distance of 6 feet from the entry point. Patrons are expected to share a lane and to be patient while entering. Exiting the lane will also be staggered. The lane will be split down the middle and swimmers will remain on the same side up and down the lane (no circle swimming).
When in Clubready, please notice that there will be 2 reservation options for each pool. One will be labeled with 2 members per lane, and the other will not.
If you make a reservation for the 2 members per lane option, please be courteous and allow another member to join the lane. You will not have the option to decline to allow another member to join the lane if you each have a reservation. Additionally, each member, even if you are in the same household will need a reservation if you are selecting the 2 members per lane option.
If you are selecting the 1 member per lane option, a member of your household that has an active membership can join your lane without a reservation. The member without the reservation can use the same health questionnaire link in the reservation confirmation email. The name and email address must match what’s in our database system for both individuals. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ryan Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Treva Bustow at email@example.com.
Thank you again for joining us on this challenging journey and your patience as our plans evolve. We hope to see you soon!