Dear Ballet Hispánico Community Members,


The mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, has just announced the city of New York’s mask and vaccine mandate will be lifted on Monday March 7th, 2022. The mayor’s decision was made based on recent encouraging COVID-19 data and in consultation with the New York State Department of Health. 


Also factored into this decision was an announcement that the Federal CDC no longer recommends universal mask wearing in K-12 schools in areas with a Low or Medium COVID-19 Community Level. Levels can be Low, Medium or High, and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Based on these metrics, New York County's Level has been determined as Low.


Throughout the pandemic, Ballet Hispánico has consistently combined the advice issued by the City of New York, the Governor, Department of Health, State Education Department, and CDC with the special needs of a dance school, company, and staff. We will continue to make decisions in this manner as this has resulted in our school, studio, and office space being a safe environment for students, families, company members, and staff.


HOW THE MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT AFFECTS BALLET HISPÁNICO’S COVID-19 POLICIES: 


WHAT’S CHANGING?

Masks, Temperature Checks, Questionnaires: 

  • Masks - Starting on Monday, March 7, 2022 
  • Students 5 and older, company dancers, faculty, and staff members are encouraged, but are not required, to wear facemasks indoors. This will be a personal decision, and as always, we anticipate that each individual's decision will be respected by others. As per CDC guidance, anyone with symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should continue to wear a mask. 
  • Students under 5 will still be required to wear masks. 


  • Daily Health Check & Temperature Checks - Starting on Monday, March 7, 2022, we will no longer require the BH daily health assessment form to be completed, and we will stop conducting temperature checks at the front desk. 


PLEASE TALK TO YOUR CHILD: We have included the resource Talking to Kids About the End of Mask Mandate to support our children during this ever changing time. We strongly suggest you consider speaking to your child about how these policy changes will show up in their daily lives to support them. Thank you!


WHAT REMAINS THE SAME?

  • Timeline if you test positive for COVID-19: Should you contract COVID-19, continue to refer to the organization’s timeline already in place. Remember, you are responsible for being honest about your symptoms. If you have any of the following symptoms, please don’t participate in in-person activities. Symptoms include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


  • Building Entry: Only Students, Faculty, and Staff are permitted to enter the building. Ballet Hispánico is planning for upcoming events to take place in the building for the public and will communicate event-specific COVID protocols for each activity.


We reserve the right to reinstate any and all restrictions should the City of New York, the Governor, Department of Health, State Education Department, or CDC recommend such actions. We will communicate any such changes accordingly and timely.


We are confident that everyone will work together as we transition to this new mask guidance from the city. Feel free to contact us at school@ballethispanico.org if you have any questions or concerns about Ballet Hispánico’s new COVID-19 policy. We thank you for your continued cooperation and support. 


Michelle Manzanales

Director, School of Dance