UPDATED: 4/1/2021

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. 

OPERATIONAL STATUS

We are open to members during standard membership access times, and accepting new members.

We are currently open to non-members for pre-scheduled facility tours, and will be open to non-members for classes starting May 1, 2021.  

We are currently operating at 75% maximum building capacity, as per NYS guidelines.

COVID Safety Pledge

Before entering the facility, COG Members must:

  • Acquire necessary PPE. We encourage members to supply their own face masks and safety PPE. COG staff will make every attempt to ensure disposable face masks are available at the front desk if needed. If you borrow our supplied PPE for machine use, please place it in the “PPE QUARANTINE” bins after use. As a result of quarantining, available PPE may be limited. .

Upon entering the facility, COG Members must:

  • Wear a mask that covers the nose & mouth at all times while in the facility, including while sitting, working, taking phone calls and/or video meetings, except when actively eating or drinking. 
  • Swipe fob whenever entering or exiting the facility (including when accessing the restrooms). There are fob readers at the first floor front and rear doors. 
  • Consent to having their temperature checked once per day. If a member's temperature is 100.4 F or higher, they will not be permitted into the facility.
  • Wash hands, after the temperature check. 
  • During non-staffed hours, follow the instructions provided at the self check-in station. 

While using the facility, COG Members must:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distancing. 
  • Wear a mask that covers the nose & mouth at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. 
  • Limit facility use as much as possible (only do here what can’t be done at home or elsewhere). 
  • Clean any equipment before use, with the cleaning materials provided by TVCOG. 
  • Limit kitchen use to reheating food and preparing drinks. No cooking or leaving food out to share. Any utensils used must be placed in the dish washer. Sinks and sanitation stations are available for use.

Upon leaving the facility, COG Members must:

  • Thoroughly clean all machines used, as well as their general work area, using the cleaning materials  provided by the COG. 
  • Swipe fob when leaving the building.

COVID-19 Contact Agreement

COVID-19 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 will be asked to sign the following COVID-19 Safety Pledge Policy upon joining. Members are expected to adhere to the policy, and not enter the facility if they have:

  • COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
  • Positive COVID-19 test in 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

Using your fob to enter and exit this building is considered an automatic renewal of this pledge.
If you have answered Yes to any of the above statements, you will not be allowed to enter the facility. CDC guidance indicates that you should self-isolate for 14 days.

We also ask that if you have travelled out of state in the past 14 days, that you comply with NYS travel restrictions and complete the necessary isolation protocols. Anyone entering the facility within 14 days of travel will be required to show proof of "testing out" of quarantine, as per the travel guidelines outlined by NYS. Those who did not complete the necessary quarantine or testing procedures will not be allowed to enter the facility.

Guests

  • Guest access is being limited in order to minimize unnecessary foot traffic in the building as much as possible. 
  • Guest access must be approved by a staff member (Cheryl, Dan, or Elizabeth). Submit your request here. Volunteers may only admit guests that are pre-approved; please show the volunteer on duty the email confirmation of your guest approval to ensure your guest is admitted. We recommend submitting your request 1-2 business days in advance. You must submit valid contact tracing information for your guest in order for your request to be approved.
  • Guest access must only be for a valid business reason (ie, discussion with business partner or contractor, tour of a project for prospective employee) or as a safety observer for red equipment usage. Number of guests may be limited. 
  • Guests must follow the same COVID procedures as members. Please note that if your guest is denied access to the building because of a temperature or mandated travel quarantine, your interaction with them denies your access for the same period or until you deliver a negative COVID test result to management.
  • Guests shall provide the information requested on the Guest Sign In Log, located at the front desk, which includes name, time of visit, and forehead temperature.
  • Guest access shall be limited to as short a time as possible. Your guest is your responsibility and you must escort them to sign in and to exit. 
  • Your guest is your responsibility and you must escort them to sign in and to exit. You are asked to complete the temperature check, sign in and sign out process for your guest as outlined by the signage at the front desk.

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.

Classes 

TVCOG will be open to non-members for in-person classes beginning May 1st, 2021. 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. Students should arrive 5 minutes early to their class, in order to sign in and complete the required temperature check. 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. Masks are required at all times while in the facility.  All shared tools/equipment will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each class. 

Re-entry Following Possible Exposure

  • Members 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
  • 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.

Non-Compliance Policy and Further Details

Members found out of compliance with any of these policies will be suspended until TVCOG policies and procedures for pandemic are lifted. Membership payments will be paused during the time of suspension. No refunds.