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 November 15, 2022

Effective November 15, 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required for visitors at Gibney Center. 

However, a Sign In App account is still required to enter Gibney Center. For first time visitors, you will be prompted to sign-in and create an account by entering your full name and email into the system. For those who have active accounts, you will simply sign-in upon arrival by using: the Sign In App Companion on your mobile device, your mobile device to scan the QR code posted on signage in the lobby, or the iPad available at the security desk.

Masks are still required in all common areas of Gibney Center (lobbies, elevators, hallways, bathrooms, dressing rooms, galleries, etc.) and recommended in studios. Masks are also required for all audience members attending live performances 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 safety@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: ​​While proof of vaccination is no longer required, Gibney encourages all who are eligible to maintain up-to-date vaccination status in accordance with CDC Guidelines.
  • WEAR A MASK:
    • Masks are required in all common areas of Gibney Center (lobbies, elevators, hallways, bathrooms, dressing rooms, galleries, etc.)
    • Masks are also required for all audience members attending live performances at Gibney Center.
    • Masks are recommended in all studios.
  • 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 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.
How Gibney is Keeping You Safe

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

  • Sign In App account required for entry (needed for contact tracing and firs safety)
  • Required masks in common areas and for audiences; recommended masks in studios
  • 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
  • Safety 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

Sign-In App

A Sign In App account is required to enter Gibney Center. Your account holds your contact information, including your name and email, strictly for building security purposes like fire safety and/or contact tracing. 

For first time visitors, you will be prompted to sign-in and create an account by entering your full name and email into the system. 

For those who have active accounts, you will simply sign-in 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, 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.
  • All will be asked to check-in via Sign In App. (See “Sign In” above for Sign In App logistics).
  • Proceed to the 5th floor via the elevator (5-person maximum) or Stairwell B. 
  • 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
  • Masks/face coverings are required to enter 280 Broadway.
  • All will be asked to check-in via Sign In App. (See “Sign In” above for Sign In App logistics).
  • 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 in common areas and for audiences; recommended masks in studios
  • 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?

As of November 15, 2022, Gibney Center no longer requires proof of vaccination for visitors. This policy is subject to change based on public health guidance or government mandates. 

Nonetheless, Gibney encourages all who are eligible to maintain up-to-date vaccination status in accordance with CDC Guidelines.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are required in all common areas and recommended in all studios at Gibney Center:

  • This assumes that individuals are over the age of two and able to medically tolerate such covering.
  • Common areas include: the lobbies, elevators, hallways, bathrooms, dressing rooms, galleries, green rooms, etc. at both 890 & 280 Broadway.
  • Acceptable masks and face coverings cover both the nose and mouth. Bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.
  • CDC guidance on masks can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html.
  • Gibney has masks available on-site.

Special mask/face covering considerations for performance and media production:

  • Audience members attending live performances at Gibney Center are required to wear acceptable masks/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?
  • Please reference CDC Exposure Guidance.
  • In addition, you should:
    • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, 
    • Get tested at least 5 days after your exposure, and 

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, immediately isolate from others 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 and artists 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 Exposure 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.






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