An Update On The Center's Operations
Center Visitor Safety Policies
Throughout the pandemic, the safety of our staff and community has been our primary concern. That continues as we resume in-person activities.
We’re working hard to protect you in the midst of this pandemic, but we need your help to keep our community safe, too. Please review the following safety updates prior to your visit to the building.
What we ask all Center visitors to do:
- All visitors will be required to wear a mask when in the building
- In spaces where health services are administered, all individuals will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status
- If you are sick, stay home
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Do not touch your face
- Please reschedule your visit if, within the last 10 days, you tested positive for COVID-19, have had symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who may have COVID-19
What we’re doing:
- Enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day
- Improved air quality through increased filtration and ventilation
- Increased signage reminding of the importance of handwashing, face covering, and social distancing
- Established health screening for all staff
- Providing staff with free personal protective equipment
Our policies are based on New York State’s and the CDC’s current recommended guidelines. As we continue to monitor the applicable regulations, we will adjust accordingly. Because we are offering some health services in person, portions of our building will follow New York State and CDC guidelines for healthcare settings.
While we are committed to keeping you and our staff members healthy and safe, we cannot guarantee you won’t be exposed to COVID-19. By visiting The Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is The Center restarting in-person operations?
- The Center is restarting some in-person activities in our building starting on Monday, July 12, 2021.
What services and programs will be running in person?
- Initially, we will only be offering a limited set of in-person Center-run support group meetings and some 12 step meetings. All other Center programs & services will remain virtual for the time being.
Who can be in the building?
- The building will be open to the public, though some spaces, such as the library/archive, and the youth drop-in space, will remain closed for the time being.
Are Think Coffee and/or the BGSQD bookstore open?
- The BGSQD bookstore is currently open Wednesday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET. Think Coffee is open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Will the Cyber Center, Archive, or Library be open?
- Our Archive will continue operating remotely; please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Parker/Russo library will remain closed, and reopen during a later phase. The Cyber Center is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Yes, The Center is providing space to rent for community groups, meetings, and events. All visitors must follow The Center’s safety guidelines and policies. To learn more or submit a request to rent space, visit gaycenter.org/events-rentals/
Do I have to wear a mask inside the building?
- All visitors are required to wear a mask throughout all spaces at The Center.
Is The Center requiring vaccinations?
- The Center encourages everyone in our community to get vaccinated, but we are not requiring them at this time.
Can I use the bathroom if I’m not registered to attend a meeting?
- Yes, bathrooms will be open to the public.
Will the Haring bathroom be open?
- Yes, the Haring Bathroom will be open for viewing.
Will the garden be open?
- Yes, the garden will be open for socializing.
Where can I turn for further questions?
- Give us a call at 212.620.7310 or contact us via our website chat, located in the lower right corner of gaycenter.org.
Why are you starting with some groups and how are you deciding?
- The Center’s building has been closed since March of 2020. As we restart in-person operations, we look forward to expanding our hours of operation and the type of activities we can offer. Our recent community survey indicated that Center-run support groups, health services, and 12 step meetings are most needed right now, so we will prioritize those services at this stage. As our operations continue to expand, we will begin running more services and opening up to more groups in person, with a focus on those that are dedicated for marginalized or historically excluded communities.