The J addresses COVID-19 concerns


Posted by Bob Evans

Dear Members, Guests and Participants,

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, I want to update you as to our response at The J as of this afternoon. We are working diligently to review and evaluate all of our programs and events. We will take the appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of our Members, guests, and staff in accordance with the latest Health Department guidelines.

It is a rapidly evolving situation and while we are making some initial announcements today, please continually monitor our website and your inbox for further announcements as the status could change very quickly.

In addition to the increased cleaning efforts and extensive sanitization procedures we have put in place and e-mailed out last week, we are taking the following additional precautions effective immediately.


Heritage Center 

As you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control has issued specific recommendations for individuals over the age of 60 and those who might have a compromised immune system. In an abundance of caution for our most vulnerable participants, we have decided to cancel all Heritage Center programming until after Passover, effective immediately. 


White Theater & Events 

As of now, our performances in the White Theater, including The Last Night of Ballyhoo, March 14-22, will go on as scheduled. To promote and maintain a healthy environment in the theatre, we are wiping down the armrests and the tops of seatbacks with sanitizing wipes before each performance, and not re-using playbills. The ushers and concession staff also are wearing gloves.


All other events are canceled until April 15th, including, but not limited to, Shabalala, Family CDC Passover Seders, and our Parkinson’s Line Dancing Event. 


Fitness Center 

The Fitness Center will remain open during normal business hours. We have increased signage throughout the Fitness Center to remind members to wipe down equipment before and after each use. Our Fitness Center staff members are also disinfecting equipment, and we are taking other precautions in eliminating physical contact in group exercise or personal training instruction.  We will continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Health Department recommendations and adapt our programming accordingly.


Early Childhood and School-Aged Services 

At this point, neither the Kansas Department of Health and Environment or the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has recommended school closures. To that end, our Child Development Center and After-School programming will remain open for the time being. We continue to reinforce with our children to keep basic health precautions top of mind, including proper hand-washing. We will be taking preemptive temperature checks of all children daily and discouraging children from holding hands. All special events within our CDC are canceled until further notice.


During this challenging time, please be assured we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will do all that we can to ensure a commitment to our community’s health and well-being. To all who are sick, I wish you Refuah Shlema (a full recovery) and to those who are well, please continue to be vigilant in washing your hands and avoiding physical contact with others.


We are appreciative of your patience and support in the coming days and weeks. For the most updated information on our programming, visit As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.



Jim Sluyter
President + CEO

(913) 327-8032

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