Covid Safety Guidelines

Covid Safety Guidelines

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is committed to fostering a healthy and safe environment for all visitors. We follow the current CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some things to expect when visiting MCBA.


On January 1, 2023, MCBA moved to a policy of strongly recommending, but not requiring, masks for drop-in visitors to our Shop and galleries, as well as registered workshop participants and teaching artists. This decision was made with the input of staff, teaching artists, and community members, as well as by consulting updated CDC guidelines. The same policy applies to Open Book’s communal spaces. We will continue to follow CDC guidance to make adjustments if Covid conditions change. 

when to Stay home

We ask that you stay home if you have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 10 days. To inquire about receiving a gift certificate for a workshop or Studio Lab you are unable to attend due to a positive Covid test, email

If you have any Covid symptoms or have had a recent exposure, we ask that you:

1) Take a Covid test (with negative results) within 6 hours prior to visiting MCBA

2) Wear a well-fitting KN95 mask (MCBA can provide one upon request if available)

3) Monitor your symptoms and if they worsen, stay home

Physical Distance

Please be respectful and maintain a minimum of six feet between you and the person next to you, unless you are part of the same party. Currently, the areas open to the public include our Main Gallery, Outlook Gallery, and the Shop at MCBA.

Hand Sanitizer Stations & Routine Cleaning

Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout MCBA. Wash and/or sanitize your hands when you arrive and frequently during your time in MCBA’s studios. 


While vaccinations have helped reduce the severity of COVID-19, since they haven’t been as effective in reducing transmission, as of October 1, 2022, MCBA no longer requires vaccinations for workshop participants, teaching artists, and other studio users. Staff are still required to be vaccinated.

Disclaimer and Assumption of Risk

While MCBA is taking the precautions listed above, there can be no guarantee that you will not contract the COVID-19 virus during your visit. You are responsible for the observance of health and safety practices recommended by public health authorities.

All of us at Minnesota Center for Book Arts appreciate your adherence to these policies to keep our creative community safe. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us via email at

Thank you for keeping yourselves and our community safe and creative!