Plan Your Visit & COVID-19 Policies

Gibney has developed thorough operations and safety plans for reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans are forward-thinking and flexible, incorporating all the knowledge and resources made available to us by the State of New York, the CDC, WHO, and the guidance of experts in the fields of medicine, operations, HVAC, and sanitation.

Status as of August 26, 2021

To uphold our collective safety and align with the New York City mandate for all gyms, performance venues, and indoor dining establishments, Gibney will require proof of full vaccination beginning on Tuesday, September 7th. Please find our Vaccination Policy below and here.

All other existing Gibney safety measures remain in place. As a reminder, masks / face coverings are mandatory at all times at Gibney Center. This is a zero-tolerance policy. Individuals in violation of this policy will be escorted off-site immediately and will no longer be permitted at Gibney Center (890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) for any reason.

Before your visit, please review the COVID-19 Safety Agreement and other important information below. Our goal is for you to feel comfortable, welcome, and safe. Contact us at operations@gibneydance.org with any questions or concerns.

RENTALS: Please visit Gibney’s Rental FAQ Page for an updated list of all studio capacities and to access our online booking platform. Email rentals@gibneydance.org with questions. 

CLASSES: Limited in-person classes have resumed with a maximum capacity of 35 students. Gibney also continues to offer online classes. Please visit our class schedule for details.

Click here to download Gibney’s Comprehensive Reopening Plan.

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

All Gibney staff members will adhere to the below agreements, and we ask that all visitors to the Centers do the same:

  • GET VACCINATED: To uphold our collective safety, Gibney will require proof of full vaccination beginning on Tuesday, September 7th. View our full policy here.
  • WEAR A MASK: All visitors must wear masks or facial coverings that cover your mouth and nose at all times. 
  • TRACK YOUR SYMPTOMS & EXPOSURE: Do not visit Gibney if you have a fever or do not feel well.
  • SIGN IN: All visitors must sign in and complete a health screening survey via the Sign-In App Companion to gain entry to the building. Details are available below.
  • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others where possible and follow directional markers and safety signage throughout the space.
  • 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 in this together. Thank you for adhering to these agreements and being respectful of Gibney staff and other visitors to the Center.

Visitors who do not adhere to these policies will be asked to leave the space.

Vaccination Policy

Effective, Tuesday, September 7, all individuals entering Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) must: (1) be fully vaccinated (i.e., 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 (2) provide Gibney with proof of vaccination at least 24 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival at Gibney Center. Proof of vaccination includes an acceptable form of identification in addition to any “Proof of Vaccination” identified in the Key to NYC guidelines.

Unvaccinated children are not permitted on-site at this time, except in limited accommodation circumstances as permitted by the NYC Order and approved at least two (2) weeks in advance by Gibney.

Any individual who attempts to or submits falsified vaccination records will be refused service, not permitted entry, and Gibney will report fake records as instructed in the Key to NYC guidelines.

All other existing Gibney safety measures remain in place, including the mandatory mask requirement.

Click here to view the full Vaccination Policy.

How Gibney is Keeping You Safe

Gibney is taking numerous precautions to keep you safe, including:

  • Requiring all individuals in the Center to wear masks. Masks and gloves are available upon request.
  • As of September 7, 2021, requiring all individuals in the Center to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Requiring visitors to sign-in via Sign In App (additional information below) and complete a brief health survey
  • Encouraging visitors to wash their hands with hot water and soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer regularly, and encouraging social distancing where possible.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting spaces in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Offering non-essential staff the option to continue working remotely.
  • Bringing in fresh air through upgraded MERV-13 HVAC filters, supplemental air intake fans, air purifiers, and other recommended air quality interventions.
  • Instituting and enforcing the above Community Agreements.
  • Offering touchless sign-in and sneeze guards at all registration desks.
  • Providing informational signage with safety protocols and social distancing reminders.
  • Communicating regularly about updates to policies and procedures via our website, emails, and signage.
  • Training staff in new policies and health and safety procedures.
  • Implementing flexible sick leave policies.

What to Expect When You Arrive

Proof of Vaccination

Effective, Tuesday, September 7, all individuals entering Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) must: (1) be fully vaccinated (i.e., 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 (2) provide Gibney with proof of vaccination at least 24 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival at Gibney Center. Proof of vaccination includes an acceptable form of identification in addition to any “Proof of Vaccination” identified in the Key to NYC guidelines.

Unvaccinated children are not permitted on-site at this time, except in limited accommodation circumstances as permitted by the NYC Order and approved at least two (2) weeks in advance by Gibney.

Any individual who attempts to or submits falsified vaccination records will be refused service, not permitted entry, and Gibney will report fake records as instructed in the Key to NYC guidelines.

All other existing Gibney safety measures remain in place, including the mandatory mask requirement.

Click here to view the full Vaccination Policy.

Sign-In App

To gain entry into the building, all visitors are required to sign in each day via Sign In App Companion and complete a health screening survey.

On your first time visiting our centers and using the Sign In App Companion at Gibney, you will use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code on the onsite iPad in the Gibney lobby to sign in and download the app.

While it is not required to download the app to sign in, it is recommended for a faster sign in process when you return to the centers again for future visits. Downloading the app will create a personal account and prevent you from needing to scan the QR code each time you visit Gibney.

Your information is kept confidential and only released to the state agency in charge of contact tracing, as needed.

The survey will ask you the following question: Are you feeling unwell today or do you currently have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or greater?

NOTE: Beginning Tuesday, September 7th, all visitors will be required to show their proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to access the Sign in App. It is strongly recommended that you provide proof of vaccination in advance using this form. By doing so, you will receive an email with instructions to reset your Sign In app account and you will be able to use the app in the building lobby to complete the health survey on your mobile device. You may also provide proof of vaccination in person, along with setting up a new Sign in app account (for your first visit only), and completing the health questionnaire; please note that completing verification on-site will take more time.

890 Broadway
  • Entrance security staff will check your photo ID and ensure that you have signed-in via the Companion app and completed the health survey.
    • If it is your first time visiting our centers and using the Sign In App Companion at Gibney, use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code on the onsite iPad in the Gibney lobby to sign in and download the app.
    • While it is not required to download the app to sign in, it is recommended for a faster sign in process when you return to the centers again for future visits. Downloading the app will create a personal account and prevent you from needing to scan the QR code each time you visit Gibney.
  • At 890 Broadway, masks are required in the lobby, elevators, and stairwells for all individuals.
  • Proceed to the 5th floor via the elevator (5-person maximum) or Stairwell B.
  • You will see social distancing signs and directional arrows in the hallways. Please follow the instructions on all signage and markers.
  • Hand sanitizer stations and sanitizing wipes will be available throughout the studios and common areas.
  • To exit the building, please use the elevator (5-person maximum) or Stairwell C (located beside the vending machines).
  • All rentals should be booked using our online portal to enable us to offer a contactless check-in experience.
280 Broadway
  • Entrance security staff at 53A Chambers Street will ensure that you have signed-in via the Companion app and completed the health survey. Security may ask you to provide photo ID.
    • If it is your first time visiting our centers and using the Sign In App Companion at Gibney, use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code on the onsite iPad in the Gibney lobby to sign in and download the app.
    • While it is not required to download the app to sign in, it is recommended for a faster sign in process when you return to the centers again for future visits. Downloading the app will create a personal account and prevent you from needing to scan the QR code each time you visit Gibney.
  • Proceed to the 2nd floor via the elevator or staircase.
  • You will see social distancing signs and directional arrows in the hallways. Please follow the instructions on all signage and markers.
  • Hand sanitizer stations and sanitizing wipes will be available throughout the studios and common areas.
  • To exit the building, please use the elevator or staircase.
  • All rentals should be booked using our online portal to enable us to offer 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?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is defined as illness caused by a novel coronavirus now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; formerly called 2019-nCoV), which was first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. It was initially reported to the WHO on December 31, 2019. On January 30, 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency.   On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. There are vaccines for COVID-19 which are in the process of being distributed. To schedule an appointment in New York State, you can call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).

What is Gibney doing to keep staff and visitors safe?

General Safety Measures

  • Entrance security staff will check your photo ID and ensure that you have signed-in via Sign In App and completed the health survey.
    • If it is your first time visiting our centers and using Sign In App at Gibney, please use the iPad to sign in, in the lobby by scanning the QR code or filling out the questionnaire on the iPad. If you would like to download Sign In App Companion in advance for the ability to sign in within a 1 block distance of the center, please reach out to us at operations@gibneydance.org. (Recommended for repeat visitors). The survey will ask: Are you feeling unwell today or do you currently have a fever of 100.4 degrees F or greater?
  • Face coverings must be worn by all individuals in the centers. Masks and gloves are available upon request.
  • Effective September 7, 2021, all individuals in the centers must be fully vaccinated. Click here to view the full policy.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands with hot water and soap regularly for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are readily available.
  • Social distancing is encouraged, where possible.
  • Spaces are cleaned and disinfected as per CDC guidelines.
  • Interventions have been made to increase fresh air flow and improve air quality.
  • Some non-essential staff will continue to have the option to work remotely.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting communal areas and workspaces.
  • Upgraded MERV-13 HVAC filters and other air quality interventions.

Management and Communications Measures:

  • Gibney will regularly communicate information and updates via the website, emails, and signage.
  • Gibney has trained staff on new policies and health and safety procedures.
  • Gibney has implemented flexible sick leave policies.
  • Gibney has adjusted class and rental times to limit the number of people during the check-in process.
  • Gibney has posted signage explaining policies and procedures.
What precautions do I need to take if I am traveling?

Refer to https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

There are currently no domestic travel restrictions within the US. If you are traveling internationally, please refer to COVID-19 guidelines for travel provided by the country you are traveling to. nally, self-quarantine for 14 days.

Are COVID-19 vaccines required for entry to the center?

Yes.

Effective, Tuesday, September 7, all individuals entering Gibney Center (including 890 Broadway and 280 Broadway) must: (1) be fully vaccinated (i.e., 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 (2) provide Gibney with proof of vaccination at least 24 hours in advance by completing this quick and secure survey (highly recommended) or upon arrival at Gibney Center. Proof of vaccination includes an acceptable form of identification in addition to any Proof of Vaccination identified in the Key to NYC guidelines.

Unvaccinated children are not permitted on-site at this time, except in limited accommodation circumstances as permitted by the NYC Order and approved at least two (2) weeks in advance by Gibney.

Any individual who attempts to or submits falsified vaccination records will be refused service, not permitted entry, and Gibney will report fake records as instructed in the Key to NYC guidelines.

All other existing Gibney safety measures remain in place, including the mandatory mask requirement.

Click here to view the full Vaccination Policy.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes.

All visitors, including employees and patrons, are required to wear acceptable face coverings at all times (including solo rehearsals), while in the studio, theater, or office at Gibney Center (provided that they are over the age of two and able to medically tolerate such covering).

  • Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks appropriate for exercise that cover both the mouth and nose. Bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings for dancers’ use in any space.

  • Gibney will provide masks in studios and at Welcome Desks.

  • This is a zero-tolerance policy. 

    • Individuals in violation of this policy, as identified while at Gibney Center or after the fact via social media, will be escorted off-site immediately and will no longer be permitted at Gibney Center for any reason.

    • Employees, independent contractors, and vendors who fail to comply with this Policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment or contract.

Can I meet with a group at Gibney earlier than my class/rental or after my class/rental?

There is no lingering allowed in the common areas for more than 5 minutes. To allow for air turnover in the studios and cleaning in between rentals, everyone must leave the studio as soon as the class/rental time is over. Please do not arrive at the studio any more than 5 minutes in advance of your rental.

How do I find the most up to date information?

Online:

  • General information regarding visiting Gibney will reside on this page along with any new rules and policies around COVID-19. A date at the top of the page will indicate when the information was last updated.
  • All visitors will be reminded of health rules and expectations regularly via email and other points of contact prior to any onsite activity.
  • Gibney’s social media will offer consistent information and updates around new information.

At the Centers:

  • Your Gibney contact and any onsite staff members can reference health and safety rules, and answer questions around policies and procedures.
  • The Gibney COVID-19 Safety plan will be posted conspicuously in the space along with directional signage.
What do I do if I believe I have COVID-19?

Visitors and renters should notify their Gibney point of contact and must stay home if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

If a visitor and/or renter exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, or becomes sick during their time onsite, they must be isolated and sent home.

If you believe you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, inform your Gibney point of contact, and self-isolate for 14 days.

People with symptoms of COVID-19 as per the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html) are encouraged to get tested and self-isolate. People may discontinue isolation under the following conditions: At least 14 days have passed since symptom onset or if you have received two negative test results, at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms have improved.

What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19?

If a visitor and/or renter is confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, inform your Gibney point of contact immediately. Gibney will determine what areas of the venue were visited or used by the infected visitor and/or renter and whether they were within six feet of others.

Gibney will provide for the cleaning and disinfection of exposed areas in the event an individual is confirmed to have a positive case of COVID-19 as per CDC guidelines on “Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility” if someone is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

Do I need to get tested?

Testing is not required for visitors and renters, though you and any members of your group should stay home and get tested if you do not feel well or are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.

Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers. For the most current information on testing and testing sites in NY go to this link: https://forward.ny.gov/covid-19-testing

Please note that separate mask and testing guidelines are in place for Performances and Media Production at Gibney. Review the Performance Production Guidelines here. Review the Media Production Guidelines here.

How can I contact you?

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email operations@gibneydance.org.

If you would like to provide us with feedback around these guidelines, 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.