We look forward to welcoming you to the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. Your health and safety remain our highest priorities, so you can enjoy your experience at the center.


As we navigate this next phase of COVID-19, we are continuing to adapt our protocols for visitors based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State and New York City departments of health. In keeping with public health recommendations, we highly recommend vaccinations for visitors and require them in certain spaces. Below you will find specific guidelines for the different areas of our New York office along with events held at the center.

Because COVID-19 remains highly transmissible, there is an inherent risk of exposure in any public environment. We ask that you help us reduce the risk by rescheduling your visit if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and adhering to the guidelines below, as well as observing any posted signs and instructions from Ford staff onsite. Given these unprecedented times, we will continue to monitor the situation and make updates accordingly.

Visitor guidelines

As a visitor, you agree to abide by our health and safety protocols, posted signage and guidance provided by onsite staff. We reserve the right to request that visitors who do not adhere to our guidelines leave the center.

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Masks are required if you’re not fully vaccinated, though vaccination is highly recommended. Children not yet eligible for vaccination are required to wear a mask; those under 2 may enter without a mask.


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Masks are required regardless of vaccination status, though vaccines are highly recommended.


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Proof of full vaccination is required and masks are highly recommended. For our full guidelines, visit our Events page.


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Proof of full vaccination is required and masks are highly recommended for all those attending a meeting at the Ford Foundation. Your meeting host will provide additional information prior to your scheduled visit.


Helpful definitions

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To adhere to our guidelines, we ask that you use the following face coverings: an unvented KN95, KF94 or N95 mask, or a cloth mask over a surgical mask. Cloth masks on their own, less-than-three-ply surgical masks, and vented masks should not be worn.

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To be fully vaccinated, you must have received the final dose of your vaccine series at least 14 days before your visit.  

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We accept all WHO-approved vaccines and many forms of proof including:

  • Original, photo or copy of your CDC vaccination card(s)
  • Original, photo or copy of your NYC vaccination record or other official immunization record (physical or digital) including from your healthcare provider
  • New York State Excelsior Pass or Excelsior Pass Plus
  • New York City COVID Safe App
  • New Jersey Docket app
  • For international visitors: Any original, photo, copy or digital version of an official vaccination card or immunization record, including from your healthcare provider, with vaccination details provided in English

For your safety

Cleaning protocols, air quality and ventilation
Based upon guidelines and recommendations from the WHO, CDC and our own team of medical advisors, the following health and safety measures have been implemented within our building:

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In line with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, our air ventilation system now provides appropriate air filtration, outdoor air quantities, ventilation, and 100% fresh air circulation.

We use antimicrobial MERV 16 filters, which have the highest efficiency rating, and replace them monthly to ensure effectiveness.

Our custodial team wipes down all high-traffic, high-touch areas (e.g., restrooms, elevators, railings, door handles) three times a day, and cleans all other spaces once a day.

Sanitizer is available throughout the building.