Health And Safety

Working To Keep Our Community Safe

14th Street Y Health And Safety

The health and well-being of our community is the highest priority.

NYC recently issued an advisory urging New Yorkers to mask up with the rise of a “triple threat” of COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus, known as RSV.

In preparation for this spike of respiratory infections, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your community against infection:

As a reminder:

  • Masks are strongly recommended throughout the 14Y
  • Get your updated COVID-19 Booster and Flu shot  
  • Wash your hands or use sanitizer often  
  • Please stay home if you’re sick 

We will also continue our diligent cleaning procedures and follow all recommended city, state and federal guidelines to keep our members and staff safe.

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.


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.    
CLEANING PROCEDURES FOR THE 14TH STREET Y  
  • We clean shared spaces between use 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 systems have been adjusted to use higher-rated air filters and to cycle in more fresh air throughout the day.    
  • Staff clean materials and surfaces throughout the day using bleach/soap solution.      
14Y HEALTH + FITNESS
  • Guest passes will be available again, with a limit of 3 guest passes per membership, per year.
  • 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   
  • 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.  
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Students will wash hands with soap and water when they arrive in 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.
  • Students will wash hands with soap and water when they arrive in 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

In alignment with Broadway theatres in New York City, the 14Y Theater has adopted a “mask optional” policy for all performances. Please note that we are asking theater guests for the upcoming performances of Mystical Feet Company: Secret of the Possible to wear masks while in the 14Y Theater for the safety of performers and other audience members. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.