April 20, 2021 | Important COVID Updates

Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
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Dear Students,

Juilliard continues to make progress in our quest to return to more normal operations, while still maintaining appropriate safety guidelines. How can you help? Get vaccinated as soon as you are able to get an appointment—the more people that get vaccinated, the faster virus numbers will go down and restrictions can be eased. We know many of you have had one or both doses already, and we strongly encourage everyone to sign up right away. Appointments are readily available, and more information about vaccines is below.

At this time, we are able to provide a number of important updates and reminders, including:

  • Scheduling a vaccine appointment
  • Updated PPE requirements for wind instruments
  • Updated travel restrictions
  • Updated rehearsal and performance guidelines for outdoor venues
  • New library hours

Finally, I hope you are all logging into juilliard.edu/live< and our YouTube channel in order to enjoy the many incredible performance videos that have been created throughout this year. New videos are being added each week. We couldn’t be more pleased to share your incredible work with the world.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please email [email protected]


Adam Meyer

Scheduling a vaccine appointment
If you haven’t already, we recommend you make the first available appointment to get your first dose. Don’t forget to submit your COVID Vaccination Form to Juilliard as soon as you have received your second dose.

As a reminder, students who have been fully vaccinated are no longer required to participate in weekly COVID testing or baseline testing if the following criteria are met:

  • Fully vaccinated (more than two weeks after the second dose for two-dose vaccines; more than two weeks after vaccination for one-dose vaccines) and
  • Student has submitted their vaccination card or record to Health Services via the Student COVID Vaccination Form.

There are multiple sites to use to help you make a vaccination appointment, and appointments are readily available:

In addition, Mount Sinai West Hospital (West 59th St and 10th Ave) has graciously offered to help vaccinate Juilliard students. To take advantage of this option, you must add your name to their list, and they will call you when they have vaccine availability.

To be added to that list, please complete the questionnaire using this sign-up link. Once you complete the questionnaire, Mount Sinai West will call you to make an appointment when they have availability. Please note: Mount Sinai West will be reaching out to you from a 212 phone number. If they are unable to reach you, they will call you back—they will not leave a message. Your vaccine appointment location may be determined based on your residential location. Mount Sinai West currently has the Pfizer vaccine available, which is a two-dose vaccine, at no cost to you.

Because it is not possible to predict how quickly Mount Sinai will have vaccine availability, we recommend that you fill out their questionnaire AND ALSO secure an appointment through the city or state vaccine appointment sites. It is recommended that you make and keep the earliest appointment time that you are able to secure, and then cancel any later appointments you may have already made. In most locations, you make your appointment for the second dose at the time you get your first shot.

Keep in mind, when arriving for your appointment, you will probably need to present proof of your date of birth and New York State residency. You DO NOT need to provide proof of immigration status or have or provide a social security number. You can find a list of acceptable proofs of age and residency here.

Updated PPE requirements for wind instruments
Along with our medical consultants, we have been monitoring evolving best practices for our PPE. Effective immediately, instrument bags will no longer be required for wind players, while bell covers will now be required. Adaptive masks are still required for all, as are flute masks for flutists. Please see the Live Instruction and Rehearsal Guidelines page on My Juilliard for the updated information.

  • College orchestra oboe, clarinet, and bassoon players may pick up the new required bell covers at The Juilliard Store on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am-4pm.
  • The Historical Performance department will let their students know when the new required bell covers are available to pick up in the HP office.
  • The Jazz Department and Preparatory Division will contact their students with information on how to pick up their new required bell covers.

Students should continue to use their instrument bag until they have all of the new required PPE in place.

Updated travel restrictions
New York State has updated its rules for international travelers: as of April 10, asymptomatic travelers entering New York from international locations are no longer required to test or quarantine. Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from domestic locations are also no longer required to test or quarantine. However, quarantine and testing are still recommended by the NY Department of Health as a precaution for both domestic and international unvaccinated travelers. Symptomatic travelers must self-isolate and contact Juilliard Health Services or their healthcare provider to determine if a COVID test is necessary. For more information, please see the current guidance from the New York State governor’s office.

For more information, please see the CDC website and the New York State travel advisory.

Effective immediately, Juilliard’s travel policies will also change to reflect state and CDC guidelines. However, as these travel restrictions continue to evolve, Juilliard will continue to REQUIRE all student travelers to and from domestic and international locations, including those arriving at school later this month for the first time, to fill out the school’s travel form. This will allow Juilliard’s COVID response team to track and advise students as rules change. The school reserves the right to require additional testing and quarantining should circumstances dictate.

Updated rehearsal and performance guidelines for outdoor venues
We are currently working to confirm updated rehearsal and performance guidelines for outdoor venues, including for upcoming performances around the Lincoln Center Campus. At this time, when performing outdoors, all published guidelines (including mask wearing, instrumental PPE, and distancing) must be followed with the exception that there are no longer limits on rehearsal/performance length or room rest requirements.

New library hours
The library will reopen its main reading room, reference room, and stack areas on Tuesday, April 20, and will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Access to the space is limited to those community members who have already been authorized for access to the Diamond building and who comply with the Community Pledge, including mask-wearing and adherence to social distancing requirements. While the media library remains closed, media materials (CDs and DVDs) are available upon request.

Library curbside pick-up services will continue for those community members who do not have access to the Diamond Building. Please send questions or comments to [email protected] or LibAnswers.