Loft COVID Protocols for Programming
As of January 2022, Open Book is open to the public, and the Loft will be offering a limited number of in-person classes and events, at Open Book only, with limited capacity (meaning, your classes will have a lower maximum number of students allowed). Some of our larger events will remain online into early 2022.
In order to keep everyone as safe as possible, we’re asking our community to follow the policies and protocols below while participating in any Loft in-person classes or events. Please note, these COVID-19 policies and guidelines may evolve as local, state, or federal guidelines change. See more on this at the bottom of the page.
Disclaimer and assumption of risk: While the Loft is taking precautions, there can be no guarantee that you will not contract the COVID-19 virus during your participation in any in-person programming. You are responsible for the observance of health and safety practices recommended by public health authorities, including wearing a face covering at all times. By participating in in-person programming, you agree not to come to Open Book should you: (a) have any COVID-19 symptoms, (b) have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 14 days, and/or (c) close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.
For All In-Person Loft Classes
Classes and COVID-19: We are excited to get back to the joy of in-person community, writing and learning! While it is our intent to hold in-person classes and events in 2022, we are prepared to hold our planned in-person programs, including Loft classes, virtually/online if COVID-19 guidelines evolve and it becomes unsafe to meet in person. Students who register for in-person activities should bear this in mind.
The Loft strongly recommends that every class participant has access to high speed internet; updated software; and a working, reliable computer with video and speaker features. Please consider this as you decide if registering for a Loft class is right for you in 2022. Unfortunately the Loft is not able to provide students with computers or other learning technology.
Vaccinations: Anyone attending a class or Writing Project section at Open Book over the age of 5 will need to be fully vaccinated, and will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, before the first class meeting. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be two weeks after attendees have had their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (read more about full vaccination here). Valid forms of proof will include: a vaccine card, a picture of your vaccination card clearly showing your name and dates of the vaccination, a photocopy of your vaccine card, or or proof of vaccination through the a third-party medical verification app like Docket or MyChart. Instructions on how to use Docket can be found through the Minnesota Department of Health here. For those who are not vaccinated, or who cannot or do not want to provide proof of vaccination, please register for one of our many online sections or classes. Details about providing proof of vaccination will be provided to registered students before the first in-person class meetings take place in early 2022.
Loft teaching artists teaching in-person classes will be fully vaccinated, as will Loft staff working on site at Open Book. However, as Open Book is a public and shared space building, we can not guarantee that everyone in the building will be vaccinated.
Masks: In addition to COVID-19 vaccination requirements for those ages 5+, masks are required while attending in-person classes at Open Book, in line with local and federal CDC guidelines for places with high transmission rates (as MN currently is). Please wear appropriate face coverings in order to keep everyone in the Loft community safe: a mask that covers both the nose and mouth and is secured around the face. We highly recommend that participants wear KN95 or N95 masks. Face shields may be worn in addition to a mask, but not in place of. Bandanas, gators, and masks with vents are not acceptable forms.
For All In-Person Loft Events
Capacity and registration: As we navigate this step back to in-person events, we will be limiting event capacity to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for all attendees and presenters. We are also requiring advance registration, which allows us to easily communicate event updates and policies with those who plan to attend as well as contact attendees after the event with follow-up information in case of a COVID-19 exposure. We strongly suggest registering via our website, but if you are unable to sign up online, please call the Loft, Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., to register.
Vaccinations: All ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours of the event. To be considered fully vaccinated, it must be two weeks after attendees have had their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine (read more about full vaccination here). Valid forms of proof will include: a vaccine card, a picture of your vaccination card clearly showing your name and dates of the vaccination, a photocopy of your vaccine card, or or proof of vaccination through the a third-party medical verification app like Docket or MyChart. Instructions on how to use Docket can be found through the Minnesota Department of Health here.
Masks: Masks are required for all attendees 5 years of age and older regardless of vaccination status. Face shields may be worn in addition to a mask but not in place of one. Bandanas, gators, and masks with vents are not acceptable forms.
Food and drinks: No food or drink in the performance hall during events.
Physical distance: Please be respectful and maintain a minimum of six feet between you and the person next to you, unless you are part of the same party.
Considerations Before Attending Events and/or Classes
Are you feeling well? If you feel ill or have a temperature over 100.0, please stay home. If you’re part of an in-person class, teaching artists are willing to share information that was discussed and handouts that were distributed if you are unable to attend classes due to COVID-related symptoms (or any illness).
Clean hands: Wash your hands frequently. Bathrooms with sinks and soap are on every floor in Open Book, and hand sanitizer is available in every classroom.
Capacity: Be aware that capacity limits apply to all rooms and classrooms. Capacity limits will be posted outside of each room, and you may have to wait outside of a room for a short period of time. Your classes may feel smaller than usual due to lower maximums.
Local guidelines: We will follow state and local guidelines regarding masking and gathering. If gathering restrictions are put in place by local authorities, all in-person programming will migrate to virtual programming, and all registrations will transfer accordingly. If masking guidelines change, we will follow those guidelines as well.
For information on Minnesota COVID-19 vaccinations, proof of vaccination, and Minnesota laws regarding proof of vaccination, please see the Minnesota Department of Public Health website here.
We are closely monitoring the evolution of COVID-19 while balancing the safety of our community with the desire of many in our community to connect in person. We thank you for your patience and for your help keeping the Loft community safe.