(updated 9/1/21)

By entering the ICA, all teens and adults agree to comply with current City and State regulations. Read more about Boston's response to the pandemic and the Commonwealth's current guidelines. All teens and adults are personally responsible for their safety and actions.

Are masks or face coverings required?

Face coverings are required inside the ICA for all people, regardless of vaccination status. Within the ICA’s education spaces, face coverings must be worn by all (including teens, educators, teaching artists, and staff) at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

We follow the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in exempting from the face coverings requirement:

  • Children under 5 years old. 
  • Persons for whom a face mask or covering creates a health risk or is not safe because of any of the following conditions or circumstances:
    • the face mask or covering affects the person’s ability to breathe safely;
    • the person has a mental health or other medical diagnosis that advises against wearing a face mask or covering;
    • the person has a disability that prevents them from wearing a face mask or covering; or
    • the person depends on supplemental oxygen to breathe.

We will provide a disposable face covering for anyone who arrives without one.

Is physical distancing required?

During times of Low, Moderate, or Substantial community transmission in Suffolk County (according to the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker), teens will be seated at a distance of no less than 3 feet from each other and at a distance of no less than 6 feet from any adults in the space. Teens will be asked to remain seated whenever possible. Desks and workstations will all face in the same direction whenever possible.

Adults will be required to maintain no less than 6 feet of distance between themselves and all other people. We will limit the nonessential staff, visitors, and activities in educational spaces.

During times of High community transmission, we will hold educational programming outdoors when possible. Teens will be seated at a distance of no less than 6 feet from each other and from any adults in the space. Face coverings will be required for all people involved in the educational programming (including teens, educators, teaching artists, and staff), regardless of vaccination status, except for those listed as exempt above. Teens, and all people involved in the educational programming, will be able to go indoors to use bathrooms. Teens may be invited to go indoors to visit the galleries, the Theater, or other spaces that allow for at least 6 feet of distance. This will be optional.

When meeting outdoors is not possible, we will move educational programming to a virtual model.

Will there be Covid-19 testing?

The ICA is not offering Covid-19 testing. The City of Boston partners with community health centers, hospitals, and pharmacies to increase access to Covid-19 testing for Boston residents. The City’s mobile testing sites make Covid-19 testing available to anyone, regardless of symptoms and insurance coverage. The state of Massachusetts has its own resource that includes Covid-19 testing locations outside of the City of Boston. Many school districts are also offering students with testing opportunities. For example, read more about testing available for students at Boston Public Schools.

Will I be able to eat or drink anything during programs?

We will provide individually wrapped snacks and bottles of water for teens. Teens may also choose to bring food and drinks with them. Whenever possible, food and beverages will be consumed outside, with a minimum of 3 feet of distance between individuals. If the weather does not allow this, food and drinks may be consumed indoors (in one of our educational spaces and/or on the first floor of the museum) with a minimum of 6 feet of distance between individuals.

What other measures are we taking to ensure clean and healthy educational spaces?  

  • Teens and adults are encouraged to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer (of at least 60% alcohol) is available.
  • High-touch areas of educational spaces are cleaned daily.
  • In addition to regular cleaning, we will supply self-serve disinfectant wipes and advise teens to clean shared resources before and after use.
  • Education spaces are served by an air-handling unit equipped with MERV14 final filtration. 
  • We will limit the nonessential staff, visitors, and activities in educational spaces.

What happens if someone tests positive for Covid-19?

If notified of a positive Covid-19 case from a person present during a program or activity, all participants will be notified (the Covid positive individual will not be identified) along with any other people present. Notified individuals should follow the advice of their healthcare provider to determine appropriate next steps based on their individual circumstances. 

What should I do if I feel unwell and/or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19?

All teens and adults (including staff, teaching artists, educators, parents, guardians) should stay home if they are feeling unwell and/or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. Read more about symptoms of Covid-19. Individuals should consult with their healthcare professional to determine the best course of action in regards to isolation or quarantine; individuals are asked not to return to the ICA until cleared to do so by their healthcare professional. An individual’s vaccination status may impact these decisions.