Joyce Theater

Safety & Preventative Measures

Mask-Wearing Requirements

  • All patrons are required to wear masks at all times while inside The Joyce. No mask, no entry.
  • Acceptable masks or face coverings include but are not limited to: cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks that cover both the nose and mouth.
  • If you do not have an acceptable mask or face covering, The Joyce will provide one for your use.
  • In accordance with NYS and NYC Department of Health guidance, bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.

Distancing Requirements and Seating

  • Patrons and Joyce staff must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet from others.
  • Please follow directions from Joyce staff as well as physical distancing markers and signage to ensure 6 feet distancing at all times.

Health and Safety Enforcement Policies

  • All performers, crew, and staff are COVID-19 tested and screened on a weekly basis.
  • The Joyce staff is on hand to reinforce the above requirements if needed.
  • Any patron who refuses to follow these guidelines will be asked to leave.
  • Audience members are not required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry into the theater. The seating layout for these performances remains in a socially distanced configuration.
  • The Joyce Theater refund policies do not apply if you are asked to leave the theater for non-compliance.

Facility Measures

Disinfectant Procedures

  • Convenient hand sanitizer stations with at least 60% alcohol content will be located throughout The Joyce for use by patrons, staff, and artists.
  • Visible signage is posted throughout the theater to remind personnel and patrons to adhere to social distancing rules, appropriate use of PPE, and proper hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection protocols.
  • The Joyce has instituted additional cleaning and disinfection protocols for the building with special attention to high touch surfaces, high-transit locations, seating areas and surfaces, and shared objects in accordance with CDC and New York City Department of Health guidelines.

Ventilation System and Airflow

  • The Joyce Theater air handlers are designed to receive MERV 13 filters, and these have been installed to meet the current recommendations for filtration. The Joyce’s air handling system supplies the required amount of outside air at regular intervals.
  • The Joyce’s Facility staff change all air filters with increased frequency in accordance with ASHRAE guidelines.
  • In addition, The Joyce is using newly purchased air purifiers throughout the building that have a 4-stage filter system to further clean the air. These air purifiers help to effectively remove up to 95% of bacteria and aerosolized viruses larger than 0.1 microns. Two (2) pre-filters remove particles easily seen by the naked eye (e.g. dust, hair, pet dander) as well as small to medium sized particles (e.g. molds, spores, pollen). A 3rd filter is made up of Activated Carbon, Potassium Iodide Impregnated Carbon and Zeolite. This filter removes Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, benzenes, chemicals, gases, and other odors. The final stage filter is a True Medical Grade HEPA filter that removes 99.97% of all particles larger than 0.3 microns, and 95% of all particles larger than 0.1 microns.


There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public space where people are present. While The Joyce is taking measures to minimize the risk of such exposure, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your time in the theater. By attending the performance, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold The Joyce, or any of its trustees, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.

*The Joyce's Health & Safety Protocols are subject to change.