Vaccination & Masking Policy
Last Updated: 9.17.21
Starting in October 2021, GrubStreet is excited to offer limited in-person seminars and events at our new center for creative writing located on the southeast side of the 50 Liberty Drive building, facing the Marina and the ICA. To help keep our community safe, proof of vaccination against Covid-19 will be required for everyone visiting the second floor, where all classes and events will be held. In accordance with the City of Boston, masks will be required at all times while inside the building.
Joining us for an in-person class or event? Please take the following steps before attending:
- Submit your proof of vaccination here at least 48 hours before your class or event begins. If you cannot fill out our vaccination form 48 hours before your class begins, please bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you to the building. Please note that if you arrive for a class or an event and you have not filled out the form and do not have proof of vaccination with you, you will not be allowed to participate in the class or event.
- Bring your mask. Masks will be required at all times while inside the building.
- Monitor how you’re feeling before visiting the space. If you have come into close contact with someone who has Covid-19, feel sick yourself, or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to GrubStreet. A list of Covid-19 symptoms are available on the CDC’s website. If you’ve registered for a class or an event and need a refund due to Covid-19 exposure or symptoms, please get in touch with us at [email protected]
- Get tested if you have recently returned from travel. If you’re planning to visit GrubStreet and have returned from travel outside of Massachusetts in the last two weeks, we strongly encourage you to take a Covid-19 test before coming to the center.
As we begin to slowly open our space and dip our toes back into in-person offerings, we want to thank everyone in our community for following these safeguards and policies.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to submit my vaccination card online every time I want to take an in-person class and event?
No, you only need to submit your proof of vaccination via our online form once. If you are not able to fill out our vaccination form online, however, you will need to bring your vaccine card (or a photo of it) with you every time you visit the second floor.
Are GrubStreet Staff and Instructors vaccinated?
Yes. All GrubStreet employees (staff, instructors, co-ops, interns, temporary staff) visiting the second floor are required to receive a Covid-19 vaccination authorized for use by the FDA.
I’m a member of GrubStreet. Can I visit the space to write upstairs without registering for a class or event?
At this point in time, we’re only offering limited in-person seminars and events that you must register for in advance. We’re currently working on creating open houses and other ways for members to both visit the space and use our new community lounge and classrooms to get writing. So stay tuned! We'll be sharing updates with you very soon.
I’m taking an upcoming in-person class or event. What should I expect when I arrive?
It’s easy! When arriving at the space for a class or event that you have registered for in advance, please use the stairs or take the elevator to the second floor and check-in with the GrubStreet staffer seated at the front desk. Each time you visit the second floor of our space, we will need to verify whether we have recorded proof of vaccination or not. After that, you can head into your classroom. Please arrive a few minutes early in case there is a line at the front desk.
If I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask at GrubStreet?
Yes. Masks will be required at all times while indoors at GrubStreet for both the first and second floors.
Will I need proof of vaccination to visit the bookstore on the first floor of 50 Liberty Drive?
Proof of vaccination will only be required to enter the second floor of GrubStreet. When Porter Square Book: Boston Edition opens later this fall, you will not need to submit proof of vaccination to visit the bookstore, but you will need to wear a mask.
What does it mean to be “fully” vaccinated?
According to the CDC, 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, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
How do I get vaccinated?
Mass.Gov offers a full and intensive breakdown on how to find a vaccination site near you and make an appointment. The page provided includes information on public transportation via MBTA Trip Planner and a full map of vaccination sites. Please also feel free to call (833) 983-0485 to schedule an in-home vaccination appointment if you are in Massachusetts and unable to make it to an appointment at this time.
How do I get tested for Covid-19?
In addition to vaccination, masking, and social distancing, frequent testing for Covid-19 is another powerful tool to keep our community safe. Whether you’re returning from travel exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms, or feel you may have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, there are testing sites throughout Massachusetts that are easy to make appointments and are free. You can find the closest testing center for you at the MA Covid-19 Testing site.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected].