COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

The Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) COVID-19 safety policies are subject to change at any time. MMDG continues to closely monitor applicable health and safety directives and guidance regarding COVID-19. Please check this page for updates before your visit. Requirements vary by activity. See building details here.

SCREENING, MASK AND VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Screening

MMDG asks all visitors to self-screen for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and infection prior to coming to the Dance Center. MMDG follows the CDC guidance regarding exposure and isolation for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In the event you test positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of being at the Dance Center, we ask that you inform us using this form.

Mask and Vaccination

Mask and Vaccination requirements will be shifting in the fall. See below for the current requirements and click here for requirements effective September 6.

Current

  • Proof of complete vaccination is required for all visitors eligible for vaccination (ages 5+). 
  • Masks are required in all common/public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Mask requirements in studios vary by activity. 

Adult Programs – mask optional

Mask requirements are set by the faculty member and noted in MMDG’s registration platform, MindBody, next to the faculty member’s name. Changes in mask requirements will be made before a class opens for registration, one week out.

Youth and Family Programs – masks optional

Masks will be optional for Summer programs.

Rentals – masks optional

Masks continue to be optional for rehearsal rentals. Mask requirements for special events and performances open to the public are set per event.

Dance for PD – masks required

To best protect higher-risk members of our community, masks continue to be required for participants and faculty until further notice.


Fall 2022 – Effective September 6, 2022

Effective Tuesday, September 6, 2022, proof of vaccination will no longer be required for the public (students, renters, visitors) to enter the Dance Center. However, select programs and/or events may maintain a vaccination requirement for participation. Vaccination continues to be strongly recommended for all and will still be required for MMDG employees and independent contractors (artists, staff and faculty).

Wearing a mask will be optional but encouraged. Masks will be required for select programming and strongly recommended for people who are not vaccinated. Masks will be available at our front desk for those who need them.

Adult Programs – mask optional

Mask requirements are set by the faculty member and noted in MMDG’s registration platform, MindBody, next to the faculty member’s name. Changes in mask requirements will be made before a class opens for registration, one week out.

Youth and Family Programs – masks optional

Masks will be optional for Fall programs.

Rentals – masks optional

Masks continue to be optional for rehearsal rentals. Mask requirements for special events and performances open to the public are set per event.

Dance for PD – masks and vaccination required

Until further notice, proof of vaccination and masks are required for in-person participation in any Dance for PD programs within New York City.

 

BUILDING

Ventilation & Air Purification

To optimize the performance of our HVAC system, MMDG:

  • Meets or exceeds the strict standard of fresh air intake set by Actor’s Equity
  • Upgraded to MERV-13 filters
  • Installed iWave bipolar ionization units as an additional method of disinfection
  • Set MMDG’s HVAC system to automatically maintain a relative humidity between 40% and 60%
  • Provided portable air purifiers with HEPA filtration for smaller spaces with less ventilation

The Mark Morris Dance Center is an Actor’s Equity approved venue. MMDG’s ventilation and air purification settings satisfy the requirements of the New York HERO Act Airborne Prevention Plan.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

MMDG adheres to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH). 

MMDG is committed to:

  • Blocking out sufficient time to deep clean and sanitize all spaces within the Dance Center
  • Sanitizing the Dance Center using electrostatic equipment with CDC approved disinfectants a minimum of once per day
  • Mopping floors, cleaning and sanitizing bathrooms, and sanitizing high touch surfaces regularly and more with increased use
  • Providing convenient access to disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer, containing at least 60% alcohol, throughout the Dance Center
  • Making available, upon request, details on EPA approved cleaning supplies being used

Space Usage

The following operational practices have been adopted to allow for physical distancing:

  • Staggered, timed entry windows set for each activity 
  • Admission of one person at a time
  • Pre-registration encouraged for all on-site activities 
  • Pickups and deliveries done with as little contact as possible

 


The Mark Morris Dance Group is dedicated to keeping our community safe. By upholding our mask and vaccination requirements, we aim to protect the vulnerable populations in our building. 

MMDG’s COVID-19 Task Force is responsible for managing policy development, informing ongoing communications with external and internal stakeholders, and ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and city regulations/guidelines.