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COVID-19

If desired, to pursue COVID-19 vaccination off base go to the WA State Dept. of Health website for vaccine locations and Phase information.  doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/vaccine

Your health is our primary concern, and as such, masks are required in MWR locations.* JBLM continues to follow protection measures on base to keep service members, families, civilian employees and others safe. Customers and team members are asked to visit the nearest washroom to clean their hands before conducting business in our locations.

Any changes to facility and program operations will be shared here and on facebook as soon as updates are available.

*Masks are not required inside fitness centers during moderate or intense exercise. At our eating establishments, customers may remove their mask once seated with their orders. At outdoor MWR locations, masks continue to be required when safe physical distancing standards cannot be met.

Basewide closures, postponements and cancellations can be seen here.


NEW  Updates for MWR locations IAW WA State guidelines and command approval for COVID Phase 3 –

  • 4th of July fireworks, not open to the general public.
  • 4 day summer event August 25-28: details coming soon.

Effective Tuesday, March 23, the following will operate at 50% capacity:

  • Outdoor Recreation locations
  • Warrior Zone (indoor, 120; patio, 50)
  • CYS Sports outdoor spectator capacity will increase to 200 per field
  • Libraries
  • Arts & Crafts Center

Effective Wednesday, March 24, the following will operate at a 50% capacity:

  • Eagle’s Pride Grill
  • Habanero Mexican Grill at Whispering Firs Golf Course
  • Bowl Arena Lanes, bowling and Strike Zone Snack Bar
  • Texas Roadhouse, (closed Tuesday, March 23rd due to mgmt. staffing). New hours are 4-9 pm Monday – Sunday.

Effective immediately, indoor and outdoor event venues, including MWR Central facilities, will operate at 50% capacity. Reservation and pricing structures are updated for the following:

Indoor locations with outdoor capability:

  • Eagle’s Pride Conference Room: $200 for 4 hours ($50 per additional hour)
  • Russell Landing Bistro: $200 for 4 hours ($50 per additional hour)

Indoor locations:

  • Cascade Club: $100
  • Nelson Recreation Center Ballroom: $100

For events using MWR catering or bar service at any of the above, the rental fee will be waived when catering or bar service exceeds $500 ($1,000 for Eagle’s Pride).

Any reservations made before Monday, March 22 will fall under COVID Phase 2 pricing.

For updated gym capacities, visit: https://jblm.armymwr.com/happenings/fitness-center-covid-19-status-check

24/7 gym access for vaccinated patrons will begin Thursday, April 1. New registrations will be required for all users. Stay tuned to fb.com/JBLMmwr and this page for details.


FAMILY CHILD CARE:
In order to continue to expand childcare options on base, CYS is looking for Family Child Care providers. FCC providers provide care in their on-base homes, which allows them to care for their own children while receiving fees and subsidies for additional children. All providers must complete background checks, home inspections and training prior to opening for the safety of all. While the process takes time, providers can make up to $2,000 a month. As an additional incentive for families considering this option, there is also a $1,000 bonus, paid in installments, to any NEW FCC provider that opens on JBLM. Additionally, when you PCS and reopen your home at your next installation, there is a $1,000 retention bonus. We hold the FCC Orientation monthly. There is no need to sign-up in advance, but feel free to contact FCC with any questions at 253-967-3039 or see our Facebook Events Tab for details.

SCHOOLS: School Re-Opening Tracker Updated a/o 19 MAR 21. 
Local school districts are currently in different stages of planning for return to learning. The safety of staff and students is the priority. We encourage you to stay in contact with your student's schools for up-to-date information. Please see the CYS/COVID FAQ on the following page for more information: https://jblm.armymwr.com/happenings/school-information

FLU SHOTS:
Flu shots were required by Dec. 31 for children and staff using CYS services and programs. Madigan will be providing additional information about flu shot clinics as the vaccine becomes available. Families should reference the recent CYS memo for details.

HIRING:
As MWR starts to reopen facilities and looks to expand CYS spaces, staffing remains a challenge. If you are looking for a job, please consider applying at USAjobs.gov where all our vacancies are listed. 


TRENDING TOPICS
CHILD CARE

CYS continues to offer childcare based on the DOD Priority List -- currently placing all Single/Dual AD military (1C) and as many AD with working spouse (1D) as possible. CYS continues to evaluate incoming families at the 1C priority category.

The DOD Priority List was changed on Sept. 1. We want to ensure families understand the need to seek alternate care options. This will mostly affect DOD civilians (1E), as we do not project to have space available for care for families in that category. DOD personnel are eligible for fee assistance for care off-base through Child Care Aware of America. We encourage these families needing immediate care to find a location off-base first that accepts a CCAoA subsidy and then come into Parent Central to receive a statement of non-availability/waiver to secure a childcare space off-base. We recommend seeking a location first that qualifies and then going through the process to obtain the waiver because waivers are valid for 10 days only. For more information, the CCoA website is childcareaware.org.

For incoming families, please ensure you get signed up on the CYS waitlist for care through militarychildcare.com. We are attempting to also place 1C (single and dual military families) as well. There are already 150 1C children on the waitlist, but this helps us to continually address need. Militarychildcare.com also requires families to update their need for care every 90 days. 


Food service is available at these MWR locations:
Battle Bean in the Customer Service Mall, Battle Bean (Stone Education Center), Bowl Arena Lanes snackbar, Habanero Mexican Grill, Eagle's Pride Grill and Warrior Zone Cafe are open.  

  • BOWL ARENA LANES food service: Effective March 24: Operate at a 50% capacity. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call in orders to 253-967-4661. Menu
  • BATTLE BEAN COFFEE in the Customer Service Mall: Effective March 24: Operate at a 50% capacity. Hours: weekdays, 7 to 11 a.m.  
  • BATTLE BEAN STONE ED: Effective March 24: Operate at a 50% capacity. Hours: weekdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • EAGLE'S PRIDE GRILL: Effective March 24: Operate at a 50% capacity. Sun-Mon: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tue & Wed: Closed. Thu-Sat: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
  • EAGLE'S PRIDE CONFERENCE ROOM: Effective immediately: Allow rental of indoor event spaces at 50% capacity with an approved PM COVID mitigation plan. MWR Central (253-966-7466); $200 for 4 hours. ($50 per additional hour)
  • HABANERO MEXICAN GRILL: Effective March 24: Operate at a 50% capacity. Sun-Sat: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Starting in April: Open until 2 p.m. 
  • WARRIOR ZONE CAFE: Effective March 23: Operate at a 50% capacity. Open Tue-Thu: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat: 2-11 p.m.   

Updated 3/22/2021 3:15 p.m.

MWR facility & program updates


Adventures Unlimited:
Effective March 23: Limited to 50% capacity. Adventures Unlimited, to include Leisure Travel Services located inside, are open. The rock climbing wall is now open.

American Lake Conference Center:
Effective immediately: Allow rental of indoor event spaces at 50% capacity with an approved PM COVID mitigation plan (253-966-4998).

Arts & Crafts: 
The Arts & Crafts Center has resumed operations and effective March 24 will operate at 50% capacity. Curbside pickup is also still available. Check out the online catalog.

Auto Centers:
Limited to 50% capacity. Priority to active duty. All bays at McChord Auto Center are now open. Open from Thursday-Sunday. Details: https://jblm.armymwr.com/programs/mcchord-auto-center The Lewis Main location remains closed. 

Bowling Centers:
Effective March 24 Bowl Arena Lanes and Strike Zone Snack Bar will operate at 50% capacity. Reservations required for open bowling: 253-967-4661. https://jblm.armymwr.com/programs/bowl-arena-lanes.  

Cascade Club:
Effective immediately Cascade Club will operate at 50% capacity. Rent Cascade Club for $100. For events using MWR catering or bar service, the rental fee will be waived when catering or bar service exceeds $500.

Cabins & campgrounds:
See "Outdoor Recreation" listing below.

Child & Youth Services:
The mandatory face covering requirement for all adults entering any CYS program includes parents at pick up/drop off. Thank you for partnering with us in the effort to keep children, parents and staff safe.

CYS Sports outdoor spectator capacity will increase to 200 per field effective March 23.

Flu shots were required by Dec. 31 for children and staff using CYS services and programs. Madigan will be providing additional information about flu shot clinics as the vaccine becomes available. Families should reference the recent CYS memo for details.

Hillside Youth Center's Middle School/Teen Program Super Saturdays Open rec will be available from 1-6 p.m. on the following day March 27. Capacity will be limited to 40 people on a first-come, first-served basis and masks are required. Youth are required to register with CYS. Registration forms are available at Hillside Youth Center, Parent Central or online.

Raindrops and Rainbows Parent & Child Play Center is program is closed until construction is complete. The Escape Zone on McChord Field is also closing for the duration as well. 

Indoor CYS sports canceled.

School Age Centers: CYS is working to assess additional capacity for care for School Aged children on JBLM. We will continue to update on availability. If you need care for your school-aged child, we ask that if you have not had your school-aged child in care before on JBLM, that you go to militarychildcare.com and sign up on the waitlist. This will help us determine the need for care.

Join the CYS Team: In order to continue to expand childcare options on base, CYS is looking for Family Child Care providers. FCC providers provide care in their on-base homes, which allows them to care for their own children while receiving fees and subsidies for additional children. All providers must complete background checks, home inspections and training prior to opening for the safety of all. While the process takes time, providers can make up to $2,000 a month. As an additional incentive for families considering this option, there is also a $1,000 bonus, paid in installments, to any NEW FCC provider that opens on JBLM. Additionally, when you PCS and reopen your home at your next installation, there is a $1,000 retention bonus. We hold the FCC Orientation monthly. There is no need to sign-up in advance, but feel free to contact FCC with any questions at 253-967-3039 or see our Facebook Events Tab for details.

Equipment rental & retail:
The Northwest Adventure Center is open for limited retail and rentals, effective March 23, limited to 50% capacity. Some limits/restrictions apply. Please be mindful of physical distancing. 

  • Rental items will be limited.
  • Food-related items are now available to rent.
  • Party items (bouncy castles, tables, chairs, pop-up canopies, etc) are now available to rent.
  • All retail sales are final (no returns).
  • If you try on an retail item (shirts, pants, shoes, etc), purchase is required.
  • Scuba equipment is now available to rent.
  • No ice sales.

Availability of rental items may be limited as they go through a sanitization process (sanitize, 24-hour hold before renting again). 

Fishing:
Fishing is open on base. Please observe social distancing and state regulations, to include a valid fishing license. Licenses are available for purchase at the Shotgun Shooting Complex; call 253-967-7056 for an appointment. 

Food Operations:
Cascade Brewhouse and Sounders Lanes are closed until further notice. Operations at American Lake Conference Center, Battle Bean in the Customer Service Mall, Battle Bean (Stone Education Center), Bowl Arena Lanes snack bar, Habanero Mexican Grill, Eagle's Pride Grill, McChord Club and Warrior Zone Cafe as outlined above.

Golf Courses:

  • Open but currently restrictions apply to carts and rentals.
  • The number of golfers allowed in the pro shop will be limited to four, and golfers must limit group sizes.
  • Food service is open at Eagle's Pride Grill and Habanero Mexican Grill. Effective March 24: Dining-in available at 50% capacity. 
  • Rent Eagle’s Pride Conference Room: $200 for 4 hours ($50 per additional hour). For events using MWR catering or bar service, the rental fee will be waived when catering or bar service exceeds $1000.

Go Transit:
Go Transit transportation service is not running until further notice.

Gyms:
See Sports, Fitness & Aquatics listing below.

Intramural Sports: 
See Sports, Fitness & Aquatics listing below.

Leisure Travel Services:
Leisure Travel Services on Lewis Main inside Bowl Arena Lanes is open. Please keep in mind that locations and refund policies vary; customers should understand the risk they are accepting by choosing to purchase tickets. Leisure Travel Services inside Adventures Unlimited is now open as well. https://jblm.armymwr.com/programs/leisure-travel-services

Libraries:
Curbside pick-up is now available at Grandstaff Library. Effective March 23: Libraries operate at 50% capacity. All returns are quarantined for 24 hours before they are checked in and removed from your account. Computers and services are now available including scan/fax/copy/print. See staff for assistance. Our online resources are available 24/7. If you don't have a library account and are unable to visit the library due to COVID concerns, you may request a temporary virtual account. Please contact us via Facebook Messenger or send Grandstaff or McChord an email to get the process started. This temporary account is only good for online resources and not for checking out materials or placing requests. Once we have returned to normal operations, please visit your nearest JBLM library to convert your account to a full-service library account.

McChord Club:
Effective immediately: Allow rental of indoor event spaces at 50% capacity with an approved PM COVID mitigation plan (253-966-4998). Get your meals to-go from McChord Club Wednesdays–Fridays, 11 a.m –6 p.m. 

Nelson Recreation Center:
Effective immediately Nelson Recreation Center Ballroom will operate at 50% capacity. Rent the Ballroom for $100. For events using MWR catering or bar service, the rental fee will be waived when catering or bar service exceeds $500.

Outdoor Recreation:

Pools:

Ranges:
See "Outdoor Recreation" listing above.

Rec Center:
Nelson Recreation is closed until further notice. 

Russell Landing Bistro:
Effective immediately Russell Landing Bistro will operate at 50% capacity. Rent the Bistro for $200 for 4 hours ($50 per additional hour). For events using MWR catering or bar service, the rental fee will be waived when catering or bar service exceeds $500.

Splash Parks:
Summer Cove & Freedom Park splash parks closed Sept 30.

Sports, Fitness & Aquatics:

  • 24/7 gym access for vaccinated patrons will begin Thursday, April 1. New registrations will be required for all users. Forms will be available at JBLMsfa.com by March 25.

  • McChord Fitness Center Annex reopens April 5.

  • Jensen Family Health & Fitness Center closed March 8 for indoor painting. For the duration of this project, fitness centers at Lewis Main and Lewis North will open at 5 a.m. weekdays. Jensen's anticipated reopen date is around Oct. 1.

  • Access for Lewis Main and North gyms for Service members: weekdays 0500-0800; weekdays 0800-2000 for all authorized DOD ID cardholders at limited capacity. See the latest gyms/pool status tracker here. 
  • Fitness classes have returned (effective March 8).

When visiting, please: 

  • Bring your ID, profile, mask and water bottle. (Mask is not required during moderate or intense exercise.)
  • Swipe in AND out.
  • Clean equipment after use.
  • Be courteous of others and limit your workout to one hour.

**Limited showers and locker rooms are open. Water fountains are open. Saunas are currently unavailable at all locations. As space is limited inside, if you can walk or run, please take your workout outside and save the gym for others.**

Intramural sports and sand intramural sports are canceled until further notice. Field reservations are not available during this time. Find a Work Out of the Day on facebook. See "Pools" listing for more information.

Swimming:
Shoreline Park and McChord Pool have closed for the 2020 season. Russell Landing Marina reopens May 1, 2021.  The splash parks are currently closed. Effective Feb. 8: Reopen recreational swimming to all authorized DOD ID cardholders on a limited 25% occupancy basis.

Unit Issue:
The DFMWR Supply Warehouse is closed for Unit Issue until further notice.

Warrior Zone:
Effective March 23: Warrior Zone capacity indoor: 120, patio: 50, indoor seating limited to 50% capacity. Limited gaming stations open. fb.com/JBLMWarriorZone. Hours: Tue-Thu: 9 a.m.- 10 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m.- midnight, Sat: 2 p.m.-midnight. https://jblm.armymwr.com/programs/warrior-zone


PAYMENT:
Cash will now be accepted at all MWR locations, as well as credit and debit cards. Employees will wear gloves when collecting cash.

Updated 4/01/2021  3:30 p.m.

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