Health and Safety at The League

Update: July 29, 2021

In June 2021, The League began to reopen a limited number of in-person classes at our landmark building on 57th Street. We are continuing to schedule more in-person classes and look forward to welcoming even more students and instructors back to our studios this Fall.

The League continues to monitor CDC, NY State, and NY City best practices and guidelines as they relate to the health and safety of our community and the spread of Covid-19. Below is a list of our most up-to-date requirements for all visitors to The League.


Our Guidelines

Our ability to remain open safely depends on you. It is of the utmost importance that our students and visitors follow these guidelines. The League reserves the right to ask those who do not follow these guidelines to leave the premises. 

  • The League is continuing to operate under a mask mandate for all visitors. Face coverings are required at all times, regardless of whether you have received a COVID-19 vaccine. You will not be permitted inside The League without a face covering, and face coverings must be worn for the duration of your stay. CDC guidelines advise that face coverings should:
    • Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nose
    • Fit snugly against the sides of the face
  • We are continuing to social distance. Our updated guidelines for physical social distancing require all visitors to maintain at least three feet from others.
  • We ask that you continue to practice good hygiene. Please wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly.
  • Please report unsafe conditions or concerns. A confidential League email address has been set up so staff, students, and/or visitors can report COVID-19 related health concerns: [email protected].

The following standard guidelines also remain in effect:

  • There is no food or drink allowed in our studios, and The Cafe will be closed for the time being.
  • There is no smoking or vaping allowed on The League’s premises.
  • Students and guests are not permitted to use cell phones during class.
  • There is no photography of any kind permitted in the studios without express prior permission.
  • Class Monitors are in charge of the studios, under the guidance of The League Administration.


Promoting a Safe and Healthy Creative Environment

League staff have been working hard to make our beloved building as safe as possible for returning students, staff, visitors, and instructors. Below are just some of the ways we’ve worked to create a safe and healthy creative environment at The League:

  • Investing heavily in our airflow systems and upgrading our air filters to MERV 13, the new industry standard for educational institutions and office facilities.
  • Repairing and reconditioning our fresh air ventilation system, enhancing the flow of outside air into the building in all spaces and at all times.
  • Renovating our restrooms to include touchless facilities. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also available throughout the school.
  • Establishing more frequent cleanings, both in our building-wide cleaning schedule and in regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
  • Installing signage in front of the elevators and throughout the building to encourage social distancing and appropriate traffic flow.
  • Installing plexiglass dividers between the staff and students in the registration office. 
  • Restricting class sizes for the purposes of social distancing. Safety protocols will be strictly enforced.


Other Ways You Can Help

  • The most effective way that you can help keep our community healthy and safe from Covid-19 is by getting a vaccine per the New York State Department of Health’s recommendations.
  • Please stay home if you are feeling sick. If you begin to feel unwell while at The League, please go home and contact your physician. For more information about COVID-19, check the CDC website.
  • The New York State Covid-19 Travel Advisory requires students and visitors from certain states or countries to quarantine for 10 days. If you are traveling to NYC from any of these states or countries, visitors are required to complete the online Travel Health Form.
  • Help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds and by not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hand sanitizer is also available at entrances and studios.
  • Please cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
  • Please follow the instructions of security guards and other staff.
  • Go directly to and from your destination. Please do not wander around or explore the building.
  • We ask that you please let us know of any contact or possible contact you might have had with the Coronavirus. Your identity and information will be kept confidential. To help us keep you and our community safe, please e-mail The League’s Human Resources Department at [email protected] to let us know if:
    • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • You have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • You, or someone with whom you’ve had close contact, have recently traveled to a country that the CDC has identified as having a risk of Level 2 or higher.