Health And Safety

Working To Keep Our Community Safe

14th Street Y Health And Safety

We are pleased to welcome our community members back to the 14th Street Y.

This page contains information about 14Y’s program protocols for health and safety. Please review this page ahead of your visit. We will update this info as additional programs resume in-person services, so please check back regularly.

Staff Vaccination Policy

Educational Alliance proudly supports COVID-19 vaccination. All 14Y employees, including fitness and swim instructors, are fully vaccinated.

Proof of Vaccination Required for 14Y Fitness Programs Starting September 1, 2021

On August 17, the Mayor’s Office announced that New York City now requires proof of vaccination for workers and customers in many spaces, including indoor dining, fitness venues, and performances. In compliance with this policy, the 14Y will now require all members (ages 12 and older) to share proof of vaccination when visiting any of its fitness areas including the fitness center and studio, pool, and gymnasium. 

We encourage 14Y members to visit the 14Y Service Desk to share a photo or copy of your official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card so that we have your vaccine information on file, and there is no interruption to your membership service.

14Y members may also use the following options as proof of vaccination to utilize the Fitness Center:

If you are using the NYC COVID Safe App or NYS Excelsior pass, you will need to show your app each time you visit the 14Y for health and fitness programs.

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

If you are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to consider vaccination so that you can continue to get the most of your 14Y Membership. Learn how you can get vaccinated for free in NYC today by visiting the NYC COVID information website.

Per NYC’s new regulations, if you do not plan to be vaccinated or do not share your record with us, you will not be permitted to use the 14Y’s fitness facilities after August 31, 2021, two weeks from today.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated their guidance to advise that masks are recommended in indoor public spaces for vaccinated individuals in geographic locations where transmission of COVID-19 remains high or substantial.

Currently, all areas of New York City fall under the CDC’s parameters for substantial transmission. In keeping with their guidance, we strongly encourage all members to wear masks in all 14Y fitness areas whenever possible.

Thank you for your continued support of our community.

 


Updated Mask Mandate for Fitness Center as of September 1, 2021:
  • 14Y Members must provide proof of vaccination at the Service Desk to utilize the 14Y fitness facilities.
  • 14Y Members are permitted to work out in the Fitness Center without a mask. However, we strongly encourage all members to wear masks in all 14Y fitness areas whenever possible.
  • Please show your vaccination card to staff at the Service Desk. A note will be added to your account that you are vaccinated.
  • You will receive a sanitized silicon bracelet to wear during your workout to identify yourself to 14Y staff that you’re fully vaccinated.
  • As you’re leaving the 14Y, please drop your used bracelet into the designated bin near the Service Desk so that it can be sanitized.
  • When you check in for future workouts, you will receive your bracelet at check-in.

Updated Health and Safety Standards as of July 6, 2021:

Our safety standards and protocols are employed to manage reduced capacity, facilitate social distancing, and reduce traffic. These include:

  • Enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfection throughout the building all day, every day.
  • Hand sanitizing stations in the 14Y fitness center and throughout the lobby.
  • Signage enforcing mask requirements in common areas of the 14Y including in the lobby, locker rooms, gymnasium, and the pool deck. Please remain six feet apart from your fellow members, and follow floor markers to encourage distancing.

Health Screening

In accordance with government mandates, a health screening questionnaire will be required in advance of all visits. The health screening questionnaire can be found here. You will be required to complete and show your health screening and have your temperature checked by a health and safety ambassador before entering the building.

SICKNESS AND EXCLUSION POLICY FOR 14TH STREET Y   
  • If you have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms within the previous 24-hour period, you cannot enter the 14Y. 
  • If your temperature check shows that you are running a fever you will not be allowed inside the 14Y.
  • Any community member, including staff and children, demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home and urged to see a healthcare professional for assessment and testing. Children enrolled in the 14Y Preschool and other 14Y programs will require a doctor’s note before returning to school or program.  
WHAT HAPPENS IF A MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?  

Staff and members will be informed immediately if a member of our community tests positive for COVID-19. A report will also be submitted to the NYC Department of Health. Individual outreach will be made to anyone who came into close contact with the infected person.

LOBBY AND ENTRY INTO THE 14TH STREET Y   
  • All adults and children aged 5 and up are required to wear a face covering and observe social distancing (6 ft) while inside the 14Y. Children over 2 years old but younger than 5 years old are encouraged to wear a mask while inside the 14Y.   
  • A staff member at the Service Desk will manage flow into the lobby to prevent overcrowding. This may require lining up outside the building while maintaining social distance.   
  • Everyone entering the building must complete a brief health screening survey. To complete your survey online before you arrive, click here for the 14th Street Y Guest COVID-19 Self Screening Questionnaire. Upon arrival, show your phone with the screening questionnaire result or fill out a paper form version of this symptom screening and complete a temperature check.   
  • Our Health and Safety Monitors will take your temperature using a touch-less forehead thermometer as you enter the 14Y.
  • Floor markers and signage will indicate which doors are available for entry and exit, how to travel inside the building, and how to observe social distancing. 
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)   
  • Guests must observe 6 ft. of distance from each other.   
  • All adults and children aged 5 and up are required to wear a face covering and observe social distancing (6 ft) while inside the 14Y. Face coverings must be properly worn in the building at all times. This means covering the nose and mouth completely. Children over 2 years old but younger than 5 years old are encouraged to wear face coverings. 
  • Visitors must bring their own mask. Please also note that bandannas, gaitors, shields, and buffs are not considered masks by New York City Guidelines and face coverings should be cleaned or replaced regularly. 
  • Please utilize a mask that does not have vents.   
  • Occupancy for all spaces is kept under 33% of maximum capacity.  
CLEANING PROCEDURES FOR THE 14TH STREET Y  
  • We will be cleaning shared spaces between uses and have increased cleaning and disinfection of “high touch” surfaces throughout day (door handles, railings, elevator buttons, restrooms, etc.).
  • Hand-sanitizing stations are present in the lobby and other high-foot traffic areas throughout the building.   
  • Deep cleaning of each classroom, studio, and the fitness center spaces will take place each night, including “sprayers” with EPA-registered disinfectants that are known to kill viruses while reducing environmental impact.   
  • Air conditioning units and HVAC system have been adjusted to use higher-rated air filters and to cycle in more fresh air throughout the day.   
  • Staff will clean materials and surfaces throughout the day using bleach/soap solution provided by the 14Y.       
14Y HEALTH + FITNESS
  • We are limiting the capacity of the fitness center to 30 members, and two staff members. 
  • Members must complete a health screening prior to arrival at the 14Y and show their results to our Health and Safety Monitors before entering the building.
  • Members must have their temperature checked by our Health and Safety Monitors using a touch-less forehead thermometer before entering the building.
  • Members will arrive through the lobby and be directed to the 14Y Fitness Center.
  • Mask usage is required for entering and exiting the building and in common areas of the 14Y. Bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.
  • As of September 1, 2021, 14Y Members must show proof of vaccination at the Service Desk to use our fitness facilities. 
  • Machines in the Fitness Center will be marked and spaced appropriately for social distancing.
  • Machines will be wiped down with an EPA-approved cleaner between each usage.
  • Health and Safety Monitors will be present on the Fitness Center floor at all times.
  • Members must wipe down equipment after each use. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our community safe.
14Y AQUATICS   

New safety standards and protocols are in place to manage reduced capacity, facilitate social distancing, and reduce traffic. 

  • Starting September 1, 2021, all 14Y members and clients must show proof of vaccination to use the fitness facilities including the fitness center and studio, the pool, and the gymnasium.
  • Mandatory swim session reservations, available in 30-minute session blocks, separated by select time periods in which the pool is closed for cleaning after members exit the area.    
  • Enhanced and frequent cleaning and disinfection throughout the building all day, every day.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in the 14Y locker rooms and throughout the lobby.  
  • Masks must be worn at all times, except when in the water. Masks are also required for entry and exit of the building, and while in common areas including the locker room, basketball court, fitness studio, and on the pool deck.
  • Please remain six feet apart from your fellow members at all times. 
  • Aquatics instructors will wear face shields while in in the water.
14Y PRESCHOOL + PRELUDE TO PRESCHOOL
  • Shared spaces will be cleaned between uses by a member of our facilities team.
  • All items including toys and educational tools are items that can be washed easily and are sanitized after use.
  • Sensory materials such as clay, play-dough, sand etc. can be used by individual children without sharing (eg. in individual sensory tubs that belong to a single child).
  • Children under 2 years old should not wear face coverings at any time.
  • In accordance with Department of Health guidelines, children over 2 years old are required to wear masks. 
  • The 14Y requires all Early Childhood staff to be fully vaccinated.

14Y After School
  • All 14Y After School staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All students and staff are required to complete a daily health screening form before attending program.
  • Mask usage is required for students and staff for the entire program, including during time in the classrooms and during school pick up. The only exception is during snack times, when students will be distanced from one another.
  • Students will wash hands with soap and water when they arrive in the building.
  • The 14th Street Y has increased cleaning, sanitizing, and ventilation throughout the building.
  • The 14Y After School leadership team are in constant communication with consultants from Mt. Sinai and the Department of Health to ensure we are following all safety protocols. 
14Y Youth Classes
  • All 14Y After School staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All students and staff are required to complete a daily health screening form before attending program.
  • Mask usage is required for students and staff for the entire program.
  • Students will wash hands with soap and water when they arrive in the building.
  • The 14th Street Y has increased cleaning, sanitizing, and ventilation throughout the building.
  • The 14Y After School leadership team are in constant communication with consultants from Mt. Sinai and the Department of Health to ensure we are following all safety protocols.