COVID-19 Updates

Overview

We would like to acknowledge the collective effort in the below guidelines – in particular the thorough presentation of material by HERE Arts Center and the robust research from the Dance Studio Alliance as included in Dance/NYC and Gibney Dance Center. New information regarding the prevention of Covid-19 infection and disease is released ongoingly, and we are working together as a community of arts organizations to adjust our guidelines accordingly. It is nearly impossible to guarantee protection for any visitor to our buildings by setting guidelines like those below, even when they are followed completely. As we work together to create guidance, we also need the full participation of our community to realize the safest possible spaces to continue our work during a global pandemic. As HERE Arts Center so eloquently says: We are all in this together.

 

Vaccination Documentation

New York City’s Key to NYC and its masking and vaccination requirements have officially been lifted as of March 7, 2022.  However, due to the intergenerational nature of our space (including children under the age of 5 who are not yet eligible for vaccination) and the fact that currently enrolled families registered under the Key to NYC vaccine and mask-wearing mandate, BAX is choosing to keep both our vaccination and masking requirements (for all people 5+) in place until specified otherwise. Some exceptions apply as outlined below. 

General visitors 5+ (not enrolled in BAX classes) may submit their vaccination documentation prior to arrival using THIS FORM. Alternatively, visitors may present their original vaccination record (paper or photo) or an authorized vaccination app (Excelsior Pass or NYC Covid Safe) upon arrival. Please note that ALL visitors, regardless of advance documentation, will be required to show a valid photo ID to verify their vaccination documentation.

Families currently enrolled in BAX classes should please submit their proof of vaccination using THIS FORM.

For more city resources about vaccine sites and incentive programs, please check out the following:

BAX is pro-vaccination and also realizes that the scope and implementation of many covid-related policies leave much to be desired in terms of equity for communities of color and persons with disabilities, many of whom have been the first to be threatened by the pandemic and too often the last to be protected. We are doing our best to work at the intersection of equity and safety in adapting to the constantly evolving landscape of this pandemic.

Masking

We understand that the nature of performing arts work does not reasonably allow for physical distancing at all times, and this fact makes masking even more important as we all do our best to curb the rise in COVID cases even among fully vaccinated individuals. Bandanas or neck gaiters are discouraged for this purpose, and BAX can supply free surgical masks at our Reception desk.

All visitors 2yrs+ to BAX are required to wear a mask securely over their nose and mouth while in shared public spaces like the hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, etc. All visitors to BAX (except those enrolled in BAX Youth Classes) are no longer required to wear a mask in the studios.

All youth registered in BAX Classes must also remain masked in classes (exceptions will be made on a limited basis upon the consent of all parties). This policy will be revisited on a regular basis.

Cleaning and Ventilation

As of March 9th, 2022 BAX will no longer be inserting 15-minute windows between bookings for cleaning and ventilation. Every studio space will be equipped with a well-supplied cleaning kit if visitors wish to wipe down any surfaces when they enter. Every studio also features functional windows, fans, and a MedifyAIR filter.

Exemptions

Children under 5 years of age are exempt from the vaccination requirement until further information is available.

If you have questions or ideas about a reasonable accommodation for you, please email sara@bax.org.

*All of the above guidance also applies to organizational staff.