We would like to provide you with an update regarding the power outage that occurred at the J early Saturday morning. We have isolated the problem to a chiller that supports the Fitness Center, which means that throughout today, and likely until early afternoon on Monday, there will not be any air-conditioning in the Fitness Center.
With the weather being clear, we will reopen the recreational areas of the J this afternoon at 3:00 PM until their normal closing times. This includes the Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool, Tennis Center and Gymnastics. Recreational Swim for families is available tonight from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Please call 713.551.7211 starting at 3:00 PM to make a reservation. All gymnastics teams will practice at their regularly scheduled times.
Please make note of the following important updates regarding the J and our plans to keep you and our staff safe and out of harm's way with Hurricane Laura threatening the Texas Coast and possibly Houston.
Here at the J, just like at home with each of you, there are no easy answers during this pandemic. There are many difficult choices that we are making daily, driven by a set of core values: to provide essential services to support the community and provide some access to our facilities in a safe and healthy environment.
As you are aware, last week, following the guidance from our Medical Advisory Task Force and recommendations from Harris County leadership, we have chosen to dial back our reopening plan, to play our part in reducing the curve of the pandemic. As a result, we have temporarily closed our Fitness Center, Indoor Tennis Center and Gymnastics facilities. Our goal is to reopen these areas as soon as possible, and we plan on providing you with an update the week of July 13. Meanwhile, we continue to provide our critical programs of Meals on Wheels; childcare at BAS, West Houston and Summer Fun for children of essential professionals; and are allowing our outdoor pool and tennis courts to remain open.
The Merfish Teen Center at 9000 S. Rice is currently serving as a COVID-19 testing site Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (or while testing supplies last).
The mouth swab test is FREE and available to everyone - no appointment necessary.