UPDATED: 7/1/2021

Tech Valley Center of Gravity is committed to adhering to NYS and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety, to ensure the safety of our members and our community.
Members are expected to comply with the information provided on this page, which will also be posted by the front desk. As it is subject to change to comply with changing situations, please review this page and front-desk postings frequently.


At this time, we are excited to announce that we are loosening restrictions for fully vaccinated members, as per NYS and CDC guidance. In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated and expected to follow all TVCOG guidelines for unvaccinated individuals, including not entering the facility during the recommended isolation period after possible exposure and wearing a mask at all times.

If you are not currently vaccinated, and eligible for the vaccine, you can learn more about the vaccine or find a point of dispensation on the CDC website.

Proof of vaccination is required for certain events and classes. Eligible proofs of vaccination are:
- Physical vaccination card or picture of card.
- Vaccine passport (Excelsior Pass.)


 
Those unable to produce a valid form of eligible vaccination proof will need to stay masked while in the facility. 

OPERATIONAL STATUS

We are open to members during standard membership access times, and accepting new members. We are open to non-members for pre-scheduled facility tours, classes and select events. 

COVID Safety Policies & Pledge 

Mask Policy
As of Thursday, July 1, masks are optional for fully vaccinated members and guests while in the facility. Masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals while in the facility. Some TVCOG classes and events may require masks for participants regardless of vaccination status. Check the event description for more detail. TVCOG reserves the right to request proof of vaccination.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, including children under 12, must continue to wear masks in the building at all times. By not wearing a mask, you are confirming that you are fully vaccinated as per the CDC’s definition. Children ages 2 or younger are exempt from the mask requirement for unvaccinated individuals, as per the CDC's guidance for younger children.

Social Distancing

Regardless of vaccination status, we request that everyone continues to observe social distancing guidelines while in our facility. The CDC recommends 6 ft of distance between individuals.

Sanitation

All shared tools/equipment & space should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after use. Used communal PPE should be placed in the "PPE Quarantine Bins" to be sanitized before reuse. We reccomend bringing your own PPE if possible. 

Sign-in/Sign-Out

Members should swipe their fob whenever entering or exiting the building (including when accessing the restrooms). There are fob readers at the first floor front and rear doors.

COVID Contact Agreement

As per our motto, “be excellent to each other,” we ask our members to follow all NYS and CDC guidance regarding quarantine, testing and isolation upon possible exposure.

Members are expected to adhere to the following COVID-19 contact agreement and not enter the facility if they have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days or if they are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status. 

In addition, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected not to enter the facility if they have had: 

  • COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
  • Close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in the past 14 days
  • Travelled out of the country in the last 14 days

Re-entry Following Possible Exposure

TVCOG is still adhering to contact tracing guidelines, and needs to be informed of any individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of being in the facility. Anyone who learns they were potentially exposed to COVID-19 after entering the facility should contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us.

Unvaccinated individuals who came into contact with someone reporting illness or symptoms of possible illness will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before re-entry, or provide evidence of a negative test result. 

Membership charges can be paused for anyone needing to observe isolation. Fully vaccinated members who have been potentially exposed can also request a pause in membership charges in order to complete the recommended 14-day observation period.

Using your fob to enter and exit this building is considered an automatic renewal of agreement to this pledge and the policies listed above. 

Guests

  • Members shall complete the GUEST SIGN IN at the front desk, which includes name, contact info, and time of visit.
  • LIMIT 3 Guests at a time per member. For larger groups, please request permission from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least 2 business days in advance. 
  • Guests must follow the same COVID procedures as members. Please note that if your guest is denied access to the building due to failing to adhere to policies, you will be denied as well..
  • Your guest is your responsibility and you must escort them to sign in and to exit. If your guest is not vaccinated, you must make sure they must remain masked.

Tours

Tours are currently available by request; virtual tours are available on our website here. Request a tour by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Walk-in requests for tours may be performed at the discretion of Staff or volunteers, should they be available, if building capacity is low enough to ensure social distancing. Tours should be limited to those who are interested in joining as a member. Large groups are not permitted, and contact tracing information is required of everyone who comes for a tour. Masks or proof of vaccination is required.

Classes & Events

Classes are available for both members and non-members. Any visitor to TVCOG must be free of COVID related symptoms. For more information about COVID related symptoms please visit CDC.GOV/CovidSymptoms. Please note, if you are showing signs of COVID related symptoms and cannot attend your class, you have the option to request a full refund up to 1 week before your class begins. After this point, students experiencing symptoms may request a full class credit up to the morning of the class.


Students will be asked to complete a COVID waiver and sign a COVID Safety Pledge, and provide contact tracing information during the registration process. Everyone is expected to maintain social distance (6′) from individuals outside of their own group while in the facility; class sizes have been limited to ensure there is adequate space to social distance during classes. All shared tools/equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each class. Masks may be required for all participants of certain classes or events, regardless of participant vaccination status; please check the event description for more information. 

If the event or class you are attending offers the option for fully vaccinated individuals to forgo a mask, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Eligible proofs of vaccination are:
- Physical vaccination card or picture of card.
- Vaccine passport (Excelsior Pass.)

If masks are optional at your event, you will be asked to provide proof of vaccination during check-in. You may also email us a copy of your vaccine passport or card ahead of time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those unable to produce eligible proof of vaccination will be required to stay masked. 

Non-Compliance Policy

Members found out of compliance with any of these policies will be suspended until TVCOG policies and procedures for pandemic are lifted. We reserve the right to request proof of vaccination status via the Excelsior Pass. Membership payments will be paused during the time of suspension. No refunds.