Dear Friends of Brooklyn Community Pride Center:
As you know, the Coronavirus outbreak continues to challenge us in the U.S. We truly hope that effective testing, treatment, and social distancing will prevent another widespread outbreak in NYC, and we are taking steps to mitigate that risk.
Brooklyn Community Pride Center has been closed to the public since Saturday, March 14th, 2020. At that time we suspended drop-in hours, in-person activities, and onsite staffing.
Appointments may be made for services including:
- using our public computer
- using our WiFi service
- accessing our library or resources
- meeting with program staff
- meeting with community partners
- HIV testing and counseling
- résumé and employment coaching, and more
Appointments may be up to 2 hours in length and should be requested at least one calendar day in advance by emailing our reception desk or calling (347) 889-7719.
Unscheduled or drop-in appointments will be allowed on a case-by-case basis so long as it does not cause us to exceed our 15 person maximum capacity, interfere with a scheduled appointment, or otherwise increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
ALL PEOPLE ENTERING THE CENTER WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE COVERING/MASK, TO WASH OR SANITIZE THEIR HANDS UPON ENTERING, AND OBSERVE 6′ SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE WITHIN THE BUILDING OR WAITING TO ENTER THE BUILDING.
Visitors to the Center will be screened. You should not visit the Center if you answer yes to any of these questions:
- Do you have a fever or chills?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Do you have any other symptoms that you think may be associated with COVID-19 infections, such as loss of taste or smell, headache, upset stomach, sore throat, muscle aches?
Visitors will have their temperature read by a touchless digital thermometer upon arrival and guests with temperatures exceeding 100° F will be denied entry.
Nearly all events or programs with an audience of more than 3 people will remain virtual.
Along with this limited re-opening, we have adopted extensive new cleaning and sanitization protocols.
We realize that as Brooklyn’s only LGBTQ+ community center, we are a refuge for many people who may not have places to go where they feel safe and accepted. But out of concern for the health of our staff, our community partners, our volunteers, and our many visitors who are among the most at-risk for this particular virus, we must do what we can to minimize the risk of further spread. We are excited to once again be a place people can visit for services and look forward to being fully operational again soon.
Please take precautions to protect yourself and others.
For more information and updates on COVID-19, please check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NYS Department of Health, and NYC Health websites.
Many thanks to everyone in advance for helping to keep our community healthy and safe.
Chief Executive Officer