Community Safety Policies

Amidst ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and changing mandates, we continue 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 have responded to our polls and surveys about safety guidelines; your feedback has been extremely valuable throughout this process.

We ask that students and visitors continue to wear an appropriate mask at all times, except in locations where eating and drinking is permitted.

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 2022, 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

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 class begins.

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

COVID-19 Testing and Notifications
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please contact our Director of Education, Caitlin Deutsch, at The individual identity of the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will remain anonymous. After testing positive for COVID-19, you will need a negative test result before returning onsite. If this presents significant difficulty for you or your family, please let us know and we will work with you on alternatives.

We are encouraging but no longer requiring COVID-19 vaccinations to enter our buildings.

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.

All students must wear an appropriate mask at all times, except in locations where eating and drinking is permitted while seated.

Hand Hygiene
Hand sanitizer dispensers have been added to all bathrooms.

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

Food and Drink
All food and drinks are limited to the Children’s Garden and Student Lounge on the 1st floor. 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.

The maximum capacity of the elevator is 3 people.

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.

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 to follow CDC guidelines and not to come to Fleisher should you: (a) test positive for COVID-19; (b) have any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms; and/or (c) have close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19. The minimum required quarantine time is 5 days after you have tested positive for COVID-19. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, you must stay home until you are confirmed negative.