Last updated 8.12.2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Following the suspension of most Key to NYC, NY Hero Act, and masking mandates, NYC has designated that cultural institutions can determine their own policies regarding masking and vaccination. 

PREVIOUS MANDATES, for reference:

Key to NYC



Posters and signs should be utilized to communicate the following practices:

(explore signs linked above, or use specific ones suggested below)

Communications Plan

Responsible Parties should develop a communications plan for employees and visitors, and customers that includes applicable instructions, training, signage, and a consistent means to provide employees with information. Responsible Parties should work with building management to help facilitate any building-wide communications. Responsible Parties may consider developing webpages, text and email groups, and social media

Communication Guidelines and Templates

Returning to Studio 

Returning to Studio: Organizations need to have a plan to address non-employees who refuse to comply with any screenings required by the organization. 

Mask Policy Templates:

Talking to people who refuse to wear masks:

Waivers, Screening, Testing

Responsible Parties may choose to implement mandatory daily health screening practices for employees, patrons, and, where practicable, contractors and vendors. Understand that a waiver doesn’t eliminate employer responsibility, Responsible Parties may choose to have artists (teaching artists or dancers rehearsing) sign a statement saying that they have read the safety protocols being undertaken, are comfortable teaching/joining rehearsals, and if at any time they are not comfortable, they are free to leave without losing payment. Keep in mind the difference when it comes to dancers (union vs. non unionized). Waivers may not have legal standing in court. 

Screening and Testing:  

New York State COVID-19 Return-to-Work Guidance Daily Health Screening Template

Sign-in upon entering the facility (or prior via remote check-in), providing their full name, address, and phone number for use in contact tracing efforts. 

  • The sign-in process may be conducted through any means that the Responsible Parties establish to collect the above contact information, including but not limited to a digital application, barcode reader, swipe card reader, and/or paper form.
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