COVID-19 Response Measures and Reopening

Updated Tuesday, August 24, 2021 5:00 PM ET

Dear Friends of Brooklyn Community Pride Center:

We are excited to begin welcoming people back to the Center for in-person gatherings and services! Throughout the pandemic, the safety of our community has been our primary concern and we remain committed to protecting our community from the continued spread of COVID-19. As we resume a limited number of in-person programs and services, we will continue to evaluate our protocols in accordance with new information and guidance, particularly as they relate to the Delta variant.

We also recognize that as Brooklyn’s only LGBTQ+ community center, we are a refuge for many community members who may not have regular access to spaces where they feel safe and accepted. As of Tuesday, August 24, Brooklyn Community Pride Center will require a record of vaccination for all people over the age of 12 to enter any of our facilities. Additionally, in compliance with CDC guidance, face coverings or masks remain required regardless of vaccination status.

The Center will maintain extensive cleaning and sanitization protocols, including disinfecting all high-contact surfaces at least daily. We will also have ample hand sanitizer available and encourage guests to exercise good hand hygiene.

Upon entering the Center, all guests over the age of 12 will be asked to show a record of vaccination: either a vaccination card, a clear picture showing the vaccination card, or an NYS Excelsior pass. If a visitor is not fully vaccinated or cannot provide a record of their vaccination, we will offer to assist them with finding a vaccine site and invite them to rejoin us two weeks after their final dose.

People claiming medical or religious exemptions should be prepared to show supporting documentation of their exemption. We encourage guests who cannot receive the vaccinations for religious or medical reasons to join our virtual offerings instead.

Masks must be worn inside our facilities at all times regardless of vaccination status.

Capacity in our Bed-Stuy facility will be limited to 30 people.

For the latest offerings and their availability in person, please see our events page for more details. Virtual programs may transition to hybrid or in-person meetings in the coming weeks and months. If you are interested in booking space at the Center, please visit our space use page for more information.

Drop-in guests (without an appointment) may stop by to:

  • use our public computers
  • use our WiFi service
  • access our library or resources
  • meet with program staff
  • meet with community partners
  • access the Pride Pantry

Staff & Volunteers:

All Brooklyn Community Pride Center staff are fully vaccinated. Vaccinations will also be required for new hires, with exceptions made for religious and medical reasons.

The Center is excited to welcome back our existing volunteers and onboard new volunteers in person. All volunteers, new and incoming, must be fully vaccinated two weeks prior to in-person training, with exceptions for religious and medical reasons. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please check our volunteer page for more detail and complete the application.

Staff or volunteers with religious or medical exceptions will be required to get tested weekly for Covid-19 infection.

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.

In community,

Alex Sheldon
Acting Chief Executive Officer