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Health and Safety Protocols

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

For the safety of our employees and community, anyone who enters the bookstore must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status.


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 (or a printout of it)
  • 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
  • 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

We will be reopening our member spaces beginning Monday, October 1st. Our second-floor spaces will be open Monday through Friday from 11am to 8pm and on the weekends from 12 to 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 (or a printout of it)
  • 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. At this time, children under the age of 12, for whom there is currently no available vaccination, will not be permitted on the second floor, but are welcome to visit our bookstore.


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. Please submit proof of full vaccination to health@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
    • 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. Members may eat 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.