Health And Safety

Working To Keep Our Community Safe

14th Street Y Health And Safety

Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone in our community safe.

As of July 8, NYC officials recommend mask usage indoors due to a COVID-19 surge. There are currently high transmission rates of COVID-19 throughout the city, so please continue to take precautions to keep our members and staff safe.

  • Masks are encouraged in all common areas of the 14Y including the lobby, stairwells, and the elevator.
  • Masks are also encouraged in the fitness center, basketball gymnasium, fitness studio, locker rooms, or on the pool deck. 
  • Members who are not feeling well should help keep our community healthy and stay home.
  • Members are asked to please wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often.

Questions? Please call our Service Desk at 646-395-4310 or send an email to ServiceDesk@14streety.org.


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 Members and Program Participants

The 14Y requires all members and program participants (ages 5 and older) to share proof of vaccination. 

We encourage 14Y members and program participants 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.

Thank you for your continued support of our community.


Updated Health and Safety Standards

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 encouraging mask usage through the 14Y.
  • Please remain six feet apart from your fellow members, and follow floor markers to encourage distancing.
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. 
  • 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   
  • Masks are no longer required throughout the 14Y, starting June 13, 2022
  • Please observe social distancing (6 ft) while entering the 14Y and in common areas.  
  • Visitors who wish to wear a mask should bring their own. 
  • 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.   
  • Health Screenings are no longer required to enter the building. 
  • 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.  
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
  • Guest passes will be available again, with a limit of 3 guest passes per membership, per year.
  • We are limiting the capacity of the fitness center to 30 members, and two staff members. 
  • Members will arrive through the lobby and be directed to the 14Y Fitness Center.
  • Masks are strongly recommended, but no longer required throughout the 14Y
  • 14Y Members ages 5 and older 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   
  • All 14Y members and clients ages 5 and older must show proof of vaccination to use the fitness facilities including the fitness center and studio, the pool, and the gymnasium.
  • 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.  
  • Please remain six feet apart from your fellow members at all times. 
  • Face shields and masks are optional for participants and instructors.
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.
  • Starting June 13, 2022, masks are no longer required for children ages 2 to 4 in early childhood settings.
  • 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 families of children eligible for an approved vaccine must provide proof of vaccination to participate in the 14Y After School program. 
  • Masks usage is optional for students and staff for the entire program, including during time in the classrooms and during school pick up. 
  • 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 Youth Classes staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • All families of children eligible for an approved vaccine must provide proof of vaccination to participate in the 14Y Youth Classes.
  • Mask usage is optional 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. 
14Y THEATER GUESTS
  • Theater guests must show proof of vaccination to enter the 14Y. Guests will need to share a photo or copy of their official CDC COVID-19 vaccination card to enter the building.
  • In alignment with Broadway theatres in New York City, the 14Y Theater will adopt a “mask optional” policy for the month of July. Theater guests are still encouraged to wear masks in the 14Y Theater. 
  • Ticket holders who are not feeling well should refrain from attending a performance to help keep our community healthy.