Abrons Arts Center COVID-19 Safety Rules

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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 rules by which everyone entering our building must abide to ensure the health and safety of all. These rules have been created in accordance with NYC’s safety mandates expected to go into effect on August 16, 2021

Thank you for working with us and following these rules. Failure to follow these rules 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 Rules for Everyone
(Updated Information and Policies as of December 14, 2021)

An acceptable face covering must be worn at all times by all people while inside the Center and must cover the face AND nose. This includes all children two years of age and older. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and are not considered acceptable. Masks are available for free at the front desk for anyone who needs one.

All persons, 12 years of age and older must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to be onsite. This means that 14 days have passed since your final dose of an FDA or WHO approved vaccine. Those that are 5-11 years old must show proof of at least one dose of vaccination.  Proof of Vaccination by all members of your party will be required in order to pick up tickets for any show at the arts center.

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 policy for children 5 years and older to attend performances and onsite events: Starting on December 14, 2021 New York City has mandated that all people aged 5 years and older must have one dose of vaccination to enter public indoor spaces. All attendees over the age of 5 years old must show proof to attend events onsite beginning on this date. 

Vaccination policy for children 5 years and younger enrolled in arts education programs: Abrons recognizes the changing landscape and protocols of vaccination policies for children under the age of 5 and we will be responsive to these changes as city, state and DOE mandates evolve. At this time, children under the age of 5 years old do not have to show proof of vaccination but must wear masks while on site. 

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.

Attestation and Contact Tracing
Everyone entering the building (including staff) must truthfully fill out our COVID-19 questionnaire before entering the building. This is located on-site at each point of entry and this test affirms that all entrants do not have and have not been exposed to COVID-19, to their knowledge, and provides their contact information for future contact tracing if necessary.

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.

Learn more about Guidance for Customers and Employees on Equitable Implementation of Key to NYCKey to NYC.

For questions or requests for refunds contact: audienceservices@henrystreet.org

Current Rules for Staff, Resident Artists, Visiting Artists and Companies

Masking Policies For Performers, Resident Artists, and Visual Artists
Performers may perform unmasked during rehearsals and performances only if the Company is in accordance with the above rules regarding vaccination. 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.

Visual Artists must be masked at all times in their residency spaces and when they are at the Center.

Production,  Front of House Staff, and Administrative Staff
Production, Front of House Staff, and Administrative Staff must not take shifts at the Center without being able to show proof of vaccination.

Vaccination Exemptions for Employees: Please refer to HR for any exemption requests or questions.