Revised July 5, 2022

The DiMenna Center continues to comply with all COVID-19 guidelines by city and state authorities, in addition to adhering to the practices that have insured the health and safety of The DIMenna Center staff and clients during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.   In keeping with these practices, the DiMenna Center continues to require that anyone who enters the building be fully-vaccinated or qualify for a documented exemption based on a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief. Exempt persons need to provide a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entry and wear a mask and social distance throughout their stay.

For purposes of this policy, an individual is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).  A booster shot of the vaccine is not necessary to qualify as being “fully vaccinated”.

Building Procedures & Protocols:

Please walk to the front desk and be prepared to show proof of vaccination and photo ID. Individuals need to show proof of vaccination in form of a vaccination card (or a copy or photograph thereof) or a valid state or city vaccination App (such as Excelsior Pass) plus personal photo ID upon entering the building.

Face masks are optional in all areas of the building, including our lobby and elevators. 

If any participants are exhibiting the typical symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or any other flu-like symptoms), they should not enter the building.

If any of the participants believe that they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus or been in close contact with someone with the COVID-19 virus, they should not enter the building.
Please continue to wash and sanitize hands when using the bathrooms. Hand sanitizer is available on each floor and in the lobby.

If your event falls under any prevailing union COVID protocols (Actors’ Equity, SAG/AFTRA, AFM), then those protocols which are over and above the DiMenna Center protocols will take precedence.

Exemptions/Accommodations (religious or medical):

Individuals seeking religious or medical exemption from the Policy should make a request for accommodation as outlined below. Exemption requests and a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to building entry should be submitted to the DiMenna Center Production Staff with whom the visit, rental or rehearsal has been arranged. Reasonable accommodations will be considered, but they may not cause undue hardship or pose a health threat to others. If a reasonable accommodation is not agreed upon, building entry can be denied.

A. Religious Exemption:

To claim a religious exemption, individuals must submit a statement affirming a sincerely held religious belief that precludes being vaccinated. The statement should explain the religious principle(s) that guide the objection to immunization. A letter from the claimant’s clergy or religious leader stating the religion’s belief concerning the COVID-19 vaccine may be required. If required, this letter must be on the clergy or religious leader’s letterhead. Personal and/or philosophical objections to vaccinations that are not tied to a sincerely held religious belief are not considered sufficient justification for granting an exemption.

B. Medical Exemption:

To claim a medical exemption, individuals must submit documentation of a medical condition that is a contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine and, if applicable, the expected duration of the qualifying medical condition. The document must be signed by a qualified medical provider. The individual seeking exemption may be required to sign a HIPAA release for this purpose. Any medical information obtained in connection with a request for medical exemption will be maintained as confidential.

If an accommodation/exemption is granted, the unvaccinated person will be subject to adhering to federal, state, and institutional guidance for unvaccinated individuals. These requirements will include observing social distancing requirements, wearing a face mask, and submitting to weekly PCR testing at the employee’s expense. An unvaccinated person’s face mask must be worn in the proper manner, ensuring coverage of both mouth and nose. An unvaccinated person’s failure to wear a face mask in the proper manner could result in disciplinary action, up to and including being barred from entering the building.

The unvaccinated person may also be required to observe additional safety precautions that are considered in the medical and scientific community to reflect best practices. Unvaccinated or vaccinated individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 should, as before, stay home and seek medical assistance promptly.

Exemptions granted under this section may be revisited at intervals to determine whether exemption remains warranted. Individuals with a medical exemption may be asked to submit updated documentation for periodic reevaluation and confirmation of medically exempt status.