Covid & Health Safety Updates
COVID-19 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, BAX is choosing to keep our vaccination requirements for all eligible individuals (6 months and older) in place until specified otherwise.
General visitors (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.
Starting Tuesday September 6th 2022, masks will be optional but encouraged inside the BAX studios with the door(s) closed. All visitors should remain masked in shared public spaces like hallways, bathrooms, and stairwells. BAX reserves the right to resume a mask requirement should public health recommendations around masking change.
Cleaning and Ventilation
Every studio space and bathroom is 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.
We would like to acknowledge the collective effort in these 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 public health 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, 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.
BAX is pro-vaccination and also realizes that the scope and implementation of many public health 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 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 (and future) pandemic(s).
Covid-19 remains present at significant levels in our local communities, accompanied by the rise of Monkeypox and a small but noticeable resurgence of Polio. If you or your child experience any of the following please refrain from attending activities in the BAX building: exhaustion, fever, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, new rashes/sores, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, persistent cough, or other severe cold- or flu-like symptoms. Your care and attention to your own health is also care and attention to your community at large.