Community Safety Policies

Amidst ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and changing mandates, we’ve been doing our research and gathering community feedback in a concerted effort to make informed decisions while keeping our community safe. Our sincere thanks to all who responded to our recent surveys about safety guidelines; your feedback has been extremely valuable in this process.

After careful consideration:

  • We have decided to drop our COVID-19 vaccination requirements after the spring 2022 term (for adult programs) ends on Monday, June 6.
  • Effective Tuesday, June 7, we will no longer be requiring proof of vaccination from students or visitors.
  • We will, however, be keeping our masking mandates in place.
  • We ask that students and visitors continue to wear an N-95 or KN-95 mask (or double up on cloth masks) to protect yourselves and our community.

As an independent nonprofit institution, Fleisher has the ability to change safety guidelines at our discretion. At times, these policies may differ from city mandates. Though the City of Philadelphia ended their mask mandate in April, the city still strongly recommends masks in indoor public settings to help reduce transmission and keep Philadelphia at a low risk level. Masks have been shown to be one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from being infected with COVID-19.

Learn more about our updated policies and booster resources below. Questions or concerns can be directed to info@fleisher.org.

Booster & Masking FAQs

I’m already vaccinated. Why should I get a booster shot?
Although COVID-19 vaccines remain effective in preventing severe cases and hospitalizations, recent data has suggested that the vaccines become less effective over time. Getting a booster substantially increases your body’s protection against COVID, including against the Delta and Omicron variants.

Am I eligible for a booster?
You are eligible for a booster if it has been at least six months since you received your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or if it has been at least two months since you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Which booster shot should I get?
You have choices in what type of booster shot to get, but all of them will give you greater protection from recent variants. Read the CDC’s guide for information about booster eligibility and choosing a type of shot.

Where can I get my booster?
Boosters are readily available at local pharmacies, and we encourage you to get vaccinated at a convenient location near you.

What type of mask would you recommend?
We recommend visiting this CDC page outlining the different types of masks and respirators you can currently use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19, including tips on ways to secure a better fit.

What to Expect When You Arrive

We require masks to enter our buildings from visitors (ages 2+) and students.

Students are asked to refrain from entering the building until ten minutes before their registered time.

Studio Capacity
Members who are registered for open studios no longer need to select appointments in advance. Our studio capacity is as follows:

Ceramics: 12 students and one teacher or monitor
Painting & drawing: 15 students and one teacher and model
Jewelry: 8 students and one teacher or monitor
Printmaking, etching: 10 students and one teacher or monitor
Printmaking, lithography: 8 students and one teacher
Screenprint: 10 students and one teacher
Darkroom: 12 students and one teacher or monitor
Digital Studio: 12 students and one teacher
Mosaic Studio: 10 students and one teacher

Contact Tracing
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please contact our Adult Education Associate, Suzanne L. Seesman at lseesman@fleisher.org. If applicable, we will notify local public health officials, and share with them any information that will aide their efforts in contact tracing. The individual identity of the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will remain anonymous. Upon receiving news of a positive COVID-19 test, Fleisher may close briefly for deep cleaning and disinfection. Any closures or disruption will be announced via email.

After testing positive for COVID-19, you will need a negative test result before returning onsite. Send your test results to Adult Education Associate, Suzanne L. Seesman at lseesman@fleisher.org. If this presents significant difficulty for you or your family, please let us know and we will work with you on alternatives.

General Safety
Vaccines: We are also encouraging vaccinations to enter our buildings to keep you and our creative community safe while taking classes at Fleisher. You can find more information about vaccine safety and recommendations on the CDC website where you can also find vaccination sites and appointments near you (refer to links included above).

Social Distancing
All shared spaces at Fleisher will be arranged to allow for students to maintain a minimum of three feet of distance from their fellow students, studio monitors, and staff members. Students are asked to maintain that distance at all times and refrain from moving tables, chairs, easels, and other equipment in the studios.

Masks
All students must wear an appropriate mask at all times, except in locations where eating and drinking is permitted while seated. N95 or KN95 masks are required to be worn at all times by students, faculty, and visitors while on site. (Double mask if no other option is available; Fleisher will have extra masks on hand if needed.)

Hand Hygiene
Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added to all bathrooms. Students are asked to use them or wash their hands with soap and hot water after entering the building and before entering any studio spaces.

Cleaning and Disinfecting
All studio spaces and bathrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals.

Food and Drink
All food and drink is limited to the Children’s Garden and Student Lounge. Please do not eat or drink in the studios. Please do not bring food to share in the classroom.

Air Flow
The facilities team have installed updated UV filters in our HVAC system that have improved air quality in the main building. In the 705 building we have installed air purifiers in the studios.

Elevator
The maximum capacity of the elevator is 3 people.

Lobby Usage
Please do not congregate in the lobby. If you have questions or purchases to make at the front desk and there are more than 5 people in the lobby, please use the gallery to wait in line.

Supplies and Storage
Students may store their belongings and supplies in their locker, if they have one. No supplies should be left in any studio between sessions.

Comment Box
If you notice an area that requires attention or have a suggestion to enhance COVID-related safety, please leave a comment for us at the front desk, and we will relay to the Facilities Manager.

Disclaimer and Assumption of Risk

While Fleisher is taking the precautions listed above, there can be no assurance or guarantee that you will not contract the COVID-19 virus during your visit. You are responsible for the observance of health and safety practices recommended by public health authorities, including wearing a face covering at all times.

By visiting, you agree not to come to Fleisher should you: (a) have any COVID-19 symptoms; (b) have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days; and/or (c) close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. You acknowledge that if on the day of your planned visit, you have any of the Restrictions, you agree not to come to Fleisher.

All of us at Fleisher deeply appreciate your adherence to these policies and your willingness to share health information to keep our creative community safe. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via email at info@fleisher.org.