Vaccination & Masking Policy
To keep our community safe, we require proof of vaccination that includes a booster shot against Covid-19 for everyone visiting the second floor, where all classes will be held.
Vaccination status is considered up-to-date until the time you are eligible for a booster – which is 5 months after the second dose in a two-shot series. Boosters are required for all visitors on our second floor if your second shot was more than 5 months ago.
In accordance with the City of Boston, masks will also 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, which includes a booster shot for those eligible, 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, you will not be allowed to participate in the class or event.
- Bring your mask. Masks are 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.
We want to thank everyone in our community for following these safeguards and policies.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I submitted my former vaccine card without the booster. Do I need to submit my vaccination card again to show proof of a booster shot?
Yes, if you previously submitted a vaccine card to GrubStreet that does not show proof of your booster shot, you will need to resubmit your proof of vaccination one more time. If you do not fill out our vaccination form online showing proof of the booster shot, you will need to bring your vaccine card with proof of the booster shot (or a photo of it) with you the next time you visit the second floor.
If I’m not yet eligible for a booster shot (i.e.. still within the 5 month window of time after a second dose), can I still visit the second floor of GrubStreet?
If you are not yet eligible for the booster yet because you’re within the 5 month window of time after your second dose, you may visit the second floor of GrubStreet. When you become eligible, however, proof of a booster shot will be required.
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 series, including a booster shot, 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 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 are 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. To visit Porter Square Books: Boston Edition on the first floor, you will only be required to wear a mask while indoors.
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 is another powerful tool to keep our community safe. Whether you’re returning from a trip overseas, exhibiting COVID symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to someone with COVID, 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.
As of January 2022, you may now order free take home COVID antigen tests from the federal government. In addition, you may also request reimbursement from insurance companies. You can find more information on free tests here: Free Tests
What kind of mask should I wear?
With the Omicron variant, the CDC has updated their guidance on the types of masks they recommend to wear especially while indoors or where you cannot socially distance. The CDC has clarified that there are certain masks that offer greater protection than others. You can find their mask recommendations here: CDC Masking Guidance
In addition, as of this update, the federal government is working with local pharmacies to provide free masks. You can find more information here: Free Masks
GrubStreet will have surgical masks available should someone forget to bring one. Please see someone at reception for help.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected].