COVID-19 Safety Policies

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Abrons Arts Center is committed to creating a space where we work together to ensure each others’ safety as an artistic community. Whether you are a teacher, student, performer, audience member, artist or visitor, you are part of our community. Abrons Arts Center has laid out the following set of policies by which everyone entering our building must abide to ensure the health and safety of all. 

Thank you for working with us and following these policies. Failure to follow these policies will result in you being asked to leave the building.

These protocols may change at any time based on changes in legal requirements, changes in guidance from the CDC, city or state mandates, changes in the severity of the pandemic in our area, or other factors.  Abrons Arts Center will endeavor to give as much notice as possible about these changes, but please understand that these changes may not be entirely under the Center’s control and are subject to city, state, and federal regulations.

Current Policies for Everyone
(Updated Information and Policies as of July 5, 2022)

All audience members and visitors, 12 years of age and older, must show proof of full vaccination—two weeks following the final dose—of the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson or Johnson vaccine (two doses for Moderna and Pfizer, one dose for Johnson and Johnson) in order to be on site. Booster shots are highly encouraged for those who are eligible to prevent the spread of existing and new variants. Proof of vaccination and date of final dose will be required upon entry. 

Visitors who are 11 years old and younger do not need to show proof of vaccination. 

Proof of Vaccination by all members 12 years and older of your party will be required.

Valid forms of proof of vaccination include: Vaccination card, photo of vaccination card that clearly show your name and dates of vaccination with matching photo ID, the NYC COVID Safe app, or the NYS Excelsior Pass

Vaccination Exemptions for Visitors:  Abrons Arts Center is not accepting any medical or religious exemptions from the vaccination policy. To discuss the possibility of reasonable alternative accommodations, please reach out to a minimum of two weeks in advance.

COVID 19 Alert-Level-Based Policies

Abrons Arts Center is basing its policies on the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker, to make it easier for everyone to understand what our policies are as case rates in the city change.

There are four colors corresponding to the level of community spread, and these correspond to different actions and policies at Abrons:

Green (Low)

  • Full Vaccination required for everyone 12 and up
  • Masks only required for public-facing staff, and for attendees of indoor performances

Yellow (Medium)

  • Full Vaccination required for everyone 12 and up
  • Masks required for everyone for all indoor activities
  • Masks NOT required for outdoor activities

Orange (High)

  • Full Vaccination required for everyone 12 and up
  • Masks required for everyone for all indoor and outdoor activities
  • All performers must rapid test each day before performing unmasked

Red (Very High)

  • Full Vaccination required for everyone 12 and up
  • Masks required for all indoor and outdoor activities
  • All performers must rapid test each day before performing regardless of masking

N95, KN95 masks, or double masking are highly recommended. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and are not considered acceptable forms of face coverings by the Center. Masks are available for free at the front desk for anyone who needs one.

Please note: As masking guidance from local, state and federal policies evolve, we will continue to notify visitors of additional policy details and updates on our masking requirements. 

Chaperoning Students
All students requiring supervision must be accompanied by a vaccinated chaperon for pick up and drop off from Abrons classes. In the event that a parent/guardian is unvaccinated and not permitted to enter the building, the student must be joined by another vaccinated adult for pick up and drop off, and all other activities in the Abrons Arts Center building. Abrons Arts Center staff is not responsible for chaperoning students from the lobby to classrooms.

Refund Policy
Any patrons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 can and will receive a full refund. Patrons can request a refund up until the event’s start time but not after the event has occurred. If any event is canceled due to shifting COVID-19 guidelines, all ticket holders will be refunded in full and given notice before the event’s start date.

For questions or requests for refunds contact:

Current Policies for Staff, Season Artists, and AIRspace Residents

Masking Policies For Performers, Resident Artists, and Visual Artists
Performers must remain masked for rehearsals. Performers may perform unmasked during dress rehearsals and performances only. When not in rehearsal or performance activities that require unmasking, the Performers must be masked at all times when at the Center. All members of visiting companies must remain masked at all times.

Exhibiting visual artists must remain masked at all times when in the Center Galleries. 

Visual Artist, Performing Artist and Curatorial residents must be masked at all times in their residency spaces and when they are at the Center.

Testing Policies for Performers

Production Period:

  • The Center requires that all Company members be PCR tested no more than 72 hours before arriving at the Center for the first day of their production period. 
  • Company members must report their negative PCR test result to the stage manager via email by 10AM (or before arrival to the Center, whenever is earlier) on their first day.

Dress rehearsal and performances: 

  • Company members will be required to self administer a COVID-19 rapid test on the morning of their dress rehearsals and on the morning of every subsequent performance.
  • Company members must report their rapid test results to the stage manager of their production via email by 10AM each day. 
  • COVID-19 rapid tests will be provided in advance by the Center. 

The above testing requirements are the responsibility of the Company to administer and report to the Center.

Quarantine Policies
For all performing, resident, and exhibiting artists and students ages 5 and older: if you test positive for COVID-19 you are required to quarantine for 5 days and can re-enter the Center fully masked after day 5 if you are not experiencing symptoms. 

Vaccination Exemptions for Employees and Independent Contractors
Please contact Henry Street’s HR department or your main contact at Abrons with any questions.