Plan Your Visit & COVID-19 Policies

Gibney has developed a thorough and flexible COVID-19 Reopening Plan for safe operation amid the pandemic. This plan was assembled by a collaborative team and incorporates guidance made available by New York City and State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) in addition to the advice shared by experts in the fields of the performing arts, medicine, operations, HVAC, and sanitation.  

Headlines As Of May 18, 2022

Currently, proof of full vaccination is still required at Gibney Center. Effective May 18, in response to New York City reaching a High COVID-19 Alert Level, Gibney has resumed a temporary, mandatory mask policy at Gibney Center.

Before your visit, please review Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan, Community Safety Agreements, FAQs, and other key information below. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable, welcome, and safe. Contact covidsafety@gibneydance.org with any questions or concerns. Thank you.

Photo of Studio 5-2 at Gibney 890 Broadway. A large, bright dance studio with white walls, a gray marley floor, large mirrors and a piano.

SAFETY

Community Safety Agreements
  • ​​GET VACCINATED: Gibney requires proof of full vaccination.
  • WEAR A MASK: Masks are currently required at Gibney Center. This is a temporary policy that went into effect on May 18, 2022.
  • MONITOR YOUR HEALTH: Do not visit Gibney Center if you have a fever or do not feel well. Stay home and get tested!
  • SIGN IN: All visitors must sign in and complete a health screening survey via the Sign-In App to gain entry. More details can be found below.
  • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others when possible and follow directional markers and safety signage throughout the Center.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS: Wash your hands frequently with soap, or use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • STOP THE SPREAD: Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, an elbow, or your shoulder.
  • BE KIND: We are all navigating this together. Thank you for adhering to these agreements and being respectful of Gibney’s staff, artists, and visitors.
Vaccination Policy

All individuals—including employees, artists, audience members, and visitors—entering Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) must:

  • Be fully vaccinated (two weeks following receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO and provide Gibney with proof of vaccination, including a valid ID, at least 72 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival.
    • As of January 2, 2022, booster shots are required for all Gibney Employees.
    • As of February 1, 2022 booster shots are required for all Gibney Faculty and Presented Artists.

At this time, vaccination verification is only required once, granting you access to Gibney Center via our Sign In App technology from the time of verification onwards! (This is subject to change).

Gibney allows reasonable accommodations related to disability, medical, or religious reasons or for children who are ineligible for vaccination. If you need an accommodation, please submit your request to covidsafety@gibneydance.org at least one (1) week in advance of any planned on-site activity.

Read more in Gibney’s Vaccination Policy.

How Gibney is Keeping You Safe

We’re doing a lot to keep everyone—including employees, artists, and visitors—safe while at Gibney Center. Some safety measures include:

  • Full vaccination required for entry
  • Health Questionnaire required for entry
  • Sign In App account required for entry (needed for health screening & contact tracing)
  • Required masks/face coverings
  • Masks available
  • Suggested social distancing whenever possible
  • Upgraded MERV-13 HVAC filters
  • Interventions made to increase fresh air flow and improve air quality
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations available
  • Multiple, daily professional cleaning and disinfection rounds, as per CDC guidance
  • Adjusted class and rental times to limit the number of people during check-in
  • Trained staff in COVID-19 management, customer service, and de-escalation
  • Flexible and supportive sick leave policies for staff
  • Reopening Task Force assessing Gibney’s safety measures on a weekly basis
  • Signage with helpful reminders, resources, policies, and protocols
  • Regular internal and external communications with timely updates
  • Consistent home for updated information: https://gibneydance.org/plan-your-visit/

Want to know more? Please visit Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan above.

What to Expect When You Arrive

Gibney requires proof of full vaccination, a Sign In App account, and a completed daily health questionnaire to enter Gibney Center (including 890 and 280 Broadway).

Proof of Vaccination

All individuals—including employees, artists, audience members, and visitors—entering Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) must:

  • Be fully vaccinated (two weeks following receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO and provide Gibney with proof of vaccination, including a valid ID, at least 72 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival.
    • As of January 2, 2022, booster shots are required for all Gibney Employees.
    • As of February 1, 2022 booster shots are required for all Gibney Faculty and Presented Artists. 

At this time, vaccination verification is only required once, granting you access to Gibney Center via our Sign In App technology from the time of verification onwards! (This is subject to change). 

Gibney allows reasonable accommodations related to disability, medical, or religious reasons or for children who are ineligible for vaccination. If you need an accommodation, please submit your request to covidsafety@gibneydance.org at least one (1) week in advance of any planned on-site activity.

Read more in Gibney’s Vaccination Policy.

Sign-In App

A Sign In App account is required to enter Gibney Center. Holding an account means that your vaccination has been verified. Your account also has your contact information (strictly for contact tracing purposes) and allows you access to the required health screening.

If it is your first time visiting Gibney Center, be sure to have your vaccination proof and ID with you, and follow the signage upon arrival to create your account and submit your vaccination information. Your account will be quickly approved for future, regular use after your vaccination information is verified. If you submitted your vaccine information 72 hours or more in advance using our secure survey, you should already have an account!

For all those who have verified vaccination and have an active account, you may access it upon arrival by using:

  • The Sign In App Companion on your mobile device (download instructions are emailed after your account is created) – this is highly recommended and makes your life easier!
  • Your mobile device to scan the QR code posted on signage in the lobby
  • The iPad available at the security desk.

After signing in and completing the health screening, you show the screen (on your mobile device or on the provided iPad) to Security and will be permitted on-site!

890 Broadway
  • Masks/face coverings are required to enter 890 Broadway.
  • Upon arrival, the entrance Security Staff will check your Photo ID and ensure that you have signed into your Sign In App account and completed the health survey. (See “Sign In” above for Sign In App logistics). If you have not yet verified vaccination with us (required to have a Sign In App account), you will need vaccination proof as well.
  • Proceed to the 5th floor via the elevator (5-person maximum) or Stairwell B. 
  • Once on the 5th floor and in Gibney’s space, masks are recommended, but not required.
  • Follow the signage on-site and speak with a Gibney Staff member if you have any questions.
  • To exit the building, please use the elevator (5-person maximum) or Stairwell C (located beside the vending machines).
  • Please note that all rentals and classes should be booked online to enable a contactless check-in experience.
280 Broadway
  • Upon arrival, the entrance security staff at 53A Chambers Street will ensure that you have signed into your Sign In App account and completed the health survey. (See “Sign In” above for Sign In App logistics). Security may ask you to provide photo ID. If you have not yet verified vaccination with us (required to have a Sign In App account), you will need vaccination proof as well.
  • Proceed to the 2nd floor via the elevator or staircase.
  • Follow the signage on-site and speak with a Gibney Staff member if you have any questions.
  • To exit the building, please use the elevator or staircase.
  • Please note that all rentals and classes should be booked online to enable a contactless check-in experience.
Photo of Studio D at 280 Broadway. A sunlit dance studio with wooden floors, white walls, a large wall of windows looking out on trees, and two gray columns.

FAQs

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Some people who are infected may not have symptoms. For people who have symptoms, illness can range from mild to severe. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness. People ages 5 years and older should get COVID-19 vaccines to prevent getting and spreading the illness. Everyone ages 12 and older can get a booster shot.

Learn more on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/dotw/covid-19/index.html.

What is Gibney doing to keep everyone safe?

We’re doing a lot to keep everyone—including employees, artists, and visitors—safe while at Gibney Center. Some safety measures include:

  • Full vaccination required for entry
  • Health Questionnaire required for entry
  • Sign In App account required for entry (needed for health questionnaire & contact tracing)
  • Required masks/face coverings
  • Masks available
  • Suggested social distancing whenever possible
  • Upgraded MERV-13 HVAC filters
  • Interventions made to increase fresh air flow and improve air quality
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations available
  • Multiple, daily professional cleaning and disinfection rounds, as per CDC guidance
  • Adjusted class and rental times to limit the number of people during check-in
  • Trained staff in COVID-19 management, customer service, and de-escalation
  • Flexible and supportive sick leave policies for staff
  • Reopening Task Force assessing Gibney’s safety measures on a weekly basis
  • Signage with helpful reminders, resources, policies, and protocols
  • Regular internal and external communications with timely updates
  • Consistent home for updated information: https://gibneydance.org/plan-your-visit/

Want to know more? Please visit Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan above.

Do I need to be vaccinated?

Yes. All individuals—including employees, artists, audience members, and visitors—entering Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) must:

  • Be fully vaccinated (two weeks following receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO, and
  • Provide Gibney with proof of vaccination, including a valid ID, at least 72 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival.
    • As of January 2, 2022, booster shots are required for all Gibney Employees.
    • As of February 1, 2022 booster shots are required for all Gibney Faculty and Presented Artists. 

At this time, vaccination verification is only required once, granting you access to Gibney Center via our Sign In App technology from the time of verification onwards! (This is subject to change).

Gibney allows reasonable accommodations related to disability, medical, or religious reasons or for children who are ineligible for vaccination. If you need an accommodation, please submit your request to covidsafety@gibneydance.org at least one (1) week in advance of any planned on-site activity.

Want to know more? Please visit Gibney’s Vaccination Policy above.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are currently required at Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) for all individuals, provided that they are over the age of two and able to medically tolerate such covering. 

This mandatory mask requirement is temporary and in response to New York City’s transition to a High COVID-19 Alert Level on May 17.

For more information on acceptable masks and face coverings:

Want to know more? Please visit Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan above.

Do I need to get tested?

Testing is not required for employees, visitors, and/or artists to enter Gibney Center, unless specified in direct outreach from your Gibney point person as related to a specific activity.

However, if you do not feel well or are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home (or go home, if already at Gibney Center) and get tested.

Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers. For the most current information on testing, visit the New York State COVID-19 Testing website.

To find a local testing site, some (but not all!) options are as follows:

Want to know more? Please visit Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan above.

What do I do if I believe I have COVID-19/am having COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Stay home if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and/or have a fever of over 100.4 degrees or, if you are on-site when the symptoms occur, you will be asked to go home.
    • For Staff: Remember that Gibney has flexible and supportive sick leave policies! Reach out to Human Resources to find out more.
  • Please notify your Gibney point of contact if you were on-site:
    • at any point within the 48 hours prior to your symptoms developing
    • at any point within the 48 hours prior to receiving a positive test
    • when your symptoms developed, and/or
    • when your positive test result was received.
  • We encourage you to get tested for COVID-19, isolate from others, and follow CDC Isolation Guidance.
  • Gibney staff will implement its tracing and tracking procedures.
    • Please know that your anonymity will be preserved, and any personal or medical information shared will be kept confidential, and only shared as required by New York State contact tracing protocols.
  • You may return on-site after completing your full course of isolation.
    • If you are a Gibney Employee, Faculty, or Presented Artist, you are required to submit a negative antigen rapid or PCR test in order to return after a 5-day isolation period, or you may return on-site without a test after 10 days. Please see Gibney’s Reopening Plan for details around testing exemptions.
What do I do if I tested positive for COVID-19 and am having symptoms?
  • First and foremost, we hope you feel better soon!
  • Stay home or go home.
    • For Staff: Remember that Gibney has flexible and supportive sick leave policies! Reach out to Human Resources to find out more.
  • Please notify your Gibney point of contact if you were on-site:
    • at any point within the 48 hours prior to your symptoms developing
    • at any point within the 48 hours prior to receiving a positive test
    • when your symptoms developed, and/or
    • when your positive test result was received.
  • Gibney staff will encourage you to isolate from others, following CDC Isolation Guidance.
  • Gibney staff will then implement its tracing and tracking procedures.
    • Please know that your anonymity will be preserved, and any personal or medical information shared will be kept confidential, and only shared as required by New York State contact tracing protocols.
  • You may return on-site after completing your full course of isolation.
    • If you are a Gibney Employee, Faculty, or Presented Artist, you are required to submit a negative antigen rapid or PCR test in order to return after a 5-day isolation period, or you may return on-site without a test after 10 days. Please see Gibney’s Reopening Plan for details around testing exemptions.
What do I do if I tested positive for COVID-19 but am NOT having symptoms?
  • Stay home or go home.
    • For Staff: Remember that Gibney has flexible and supportive sick leave policies! Reach out to Human Resources to find out more.
  • Please notify your Gibney point of contact if you were on-site:
    • at any point within the 48 hours prior to your symptoms developing
    • at any point within the 48 hours prior to receiving a positive test
    • when your symptoms developed, and/or
    • when your positive test result was received.
  • Gibney staff will encourage you isolate from others, following CDC Isolation Guidance.
  • Gibney staff will then implement its tracing and tracking procedures.
    • Please know that your anonymity will be preserved, and any personal or medical information shared will be kept confidential, and only shared as required by New York State contact tracing protocols.
  • You may return on-site after completing your full course of isolation.
    • If you are a Gibney Employee, Faculty, or Presented Artist, you are required to submit a negative antigen rapid or PCR test in order to return after a 5-day isolation period, or you may return on-site without a test after 10 days. Please see Gibney’s Reopening Plan for details around testing exemptions.
What do I do if I have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19?
  • You may or may not need to quarantine depending on your vaccination status, age, and COVID-19 infection history. Please reference CDC Quarantine Guidance to determine this.
  • In addition, you should:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days,
    • Get tested at least 5 days after your exposure, and see “What do I do if I believe I have COVID-19 / am having COVID-19 symptoms?”
What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on-site at Gibney?
  • After being notified by the infected individual, Gibney will immediately notify all necessary employees, artists, and visitors using its Sign In App technology to determine those individuals who potentially had close contact (as defined by the CDC) with the infected individual.
    • This notification will occur via email, with recipients bcc’d to protect confidentiality.
    • The notification will alert recipients to the exact time frame and date of possible exposure, while protecting the anonymity of the infected individual, and direct all to follow the CDC’s Quarantine Guidance.
  • If required by New York State, Gibney will then submit information on the positive case and close contacts for documented contact tracing.
  • On-site, Gibney will clean and disinfect the exposed areas as per CDC guidelines on “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.”
  • The infected individual is permitted back after successfully completing the CDC-recommended isolation guidance.
What precautions do I need to take if I’m traveling?

Please refer the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory, CDC Guidance on U.S. Domestic Travel, and/or CDC Guidance on International Travel.

If you recently traveled prior to arriving at Gibney Center, please monitor your health. If you do not feel well or are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, please stay home and get tested.

Where do I find the most up to date information?

You go-to place for up-to-date information on COVID safety at Gibney is our Plan Your Visit webpage: https://gibneydance.org/planyourvisit/, which includes access to Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan.

Digitally: Email communications, confirmations, and social media will reiterate key information in real-time. Gibney Employees are additionally kept apprised through a weekly email from its Reopening Task Force.

On-site: Gibney Employees can answer your questions, ample signage is posted, and hard copies of the Reopening Plan are available.

If you have questions that are not answered through the above means, please email covidsafety@gibneydance.org.

How can I contact you?

If you have a question that is not answered here or in Gibney’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan, please email covidsafety@gibneydance.org.

If you would like to provide us with feedback around our Reopening Plan, or your experience at our Center, please fill out our Community Feedback Form. This form is also accessible throughout the Center via QR Code links posted in each studio.