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Health and Safety Protocols

The following Health and Safety Protocols will remain in effect through August 31, 2022.

For the health and safety of our members, employees, and community, anyone who enters the building must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. We have undertaken a number of measures to keep visitors safe, including upgraded building-wide ventilation systems with MERV 15 filters and rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols throughout the building. Signage detailing our requirements has been posted throughout the building.

Please review our current protocols below.


Bookstore & Café

For the safety of our employees and community, anyone who enters the building must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the bookstore. Café patrons may eat and drink in the auditorium. Outside food and drink are not permitted and proof of full vaccination is required before entry to the auditorium. Anyone 5 and older is required to show proof of two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, to enter the Café seating area.

Members are permitted to eat and drink items from the Café in our second-floor member spaces (see ‘Second-Floor Members Spaces’ below).

Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • your CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • your Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus (or a printout of either)
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.


In-Person Events

Proof of full vaccination is required at check-in to attend events in person. Mask wearing is also required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • your CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • your Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus (or a printout of either)
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.


In-Person Reading Groups and Writing Workshops

To attend in-person groups and workshops, please email your proof of full vaccination to health@centerforfiction.org prior to visiting the Center. Mask wearing is required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • an image of your CDC vaccination card
  • a screenshot or scanned printout of your Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

In compliance with developing guidelines issued by federal, state, and our local government, we ask that all visitors to The Center for Fiction’s member spaces provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please also contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.


Second-Floor Member Spaces

Our member spaces are open the following hours:

  • Monday–Thursday: 11am–8pm
  • Friday: 11am–5pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12pm–5pm

You will need to present your member card and security pass in order to access the space during these times. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email members@centerforfiction.org to verify your membership or for information on how to renew.

In compliance with developing guidelines issued by federal, state, and our local government, we ask that all visitors to The Center for Fiction’s member spaces provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 upon arrival to the second floor. This includes members and guests. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • your CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • your Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus (or a printout of either)
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

We will keep a record of members’ vaccination statuses for future visits. If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.

Mask wearing is required throughout the building. Additionally, no children under 12 years of age are allowed upstairs in the Member areas and all children 12 years of age or older must be vaccinated and accompanied by a Member while upstairs.

Members are permitted to eat and drink items from the Café in our second-floor member spaces. Outside food and drink are not permitted and masks must be worn when not eating or drinking. Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Writers Studio.


The Writers Studio
  • All staff members, visitors, and Writers Studio members are required to wear masks at all times.
  • All Writers Studio members are required to be fully vaccinated and boostered, your third shot must have occurred at least 14 days prior to reentering the building. Please submit proof of full vaccination to health@centerforfiction.org and writers-studio@centerforfiction.org prior to entering the second floor. If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please contact us at health@centerforfiction.org for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation. Accepted forms of proof include:
    • an image of your CDC vaccination card
    • a screenshot or scanned printout of your Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus
    • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine
  • To avoid any unnecessary contact and in order to facilitate any necessary contact tracing, your access to the Studio will require a reservation through Skedda, an online booking system available via any internet-connected digital device. You will be asked to choose a work space and to specify a time period. Reservations cannot be made more than 48 hours in advance. Per current state guidelines, you will also be required to answer several COVID screening questions.
  • Entry into the building before 11am and after 8pm will require the use of your keycard.
  • Disinfectant wipes will be provided at each desk space. Additionally, standing hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed at various locations throughout the building. Members are encouraged to wipe down their work space before and after use.
  • We are implementing enhanced and more frequent cleaning procedures to be provided by our contracted cleaners several times each week.
  • Eating and drinking are not allowed in the Writers Studio. Writers Studio members may have outside food and drink in the Clarissa Dalloway Room (max capacity of 2 at a time) and on our second-floor outdoor terrace. Garbage and recycling receptacles will be provided to discard trash.
  • The two restrooms nearest the kitchenette have been designated for members.