MNN’s Covid Policy, Updated 1/31/23

MNN is continually adapting health and safety protocols in line with recommendations from city, state, and federal public health agencies. 

While MNN takes measures to enhance the safety of our community, an inherent risk of exposure to and infection with COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, including a visit to any MNN facility. By visiting MNN, or using MNN on-site facilities and services, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19.

Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged inside all MNN facilities at all times. Please note that from time to time masks may be required for certain events and/or classes, which will be announced in advance. Masks are available at reception areas.

To protect the health and safety of our staff and community, MNN reserves the right to limit the number of users in its production spaces and facilities at any time. 

Please discuss the guest and crew requirements for your projects with MNN staff before making reservations for facilities so that we can be sure to accommodate the number of people involved with your reservation. 



Before leaving home to come to MNN, we ask that you take a moment to self-assess the following questions:

  • Have I been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days?
  • Have I experienced any of the following in the last 24 hours?  If so, please contact us to reschedule your reservation.
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose

Studio, Edit, and Field Camera Reservations

Online reservations are open on Access Center for studios, edit stations, and field equipment pickup. 

Upload Stations are available for reservation by emailing


General Procedures (as of January 31, 2023):

MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center:

  • General Hours: 
    • Mon.-Fri. 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
    • Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Facilities

    Eligible producers can reserve the George Stoney Studio, the Emiliano Zapata Studio, the Burgos Mini Studio or edit stations at one of the following times (Reserve Online): 

    • Mon.-Fri. 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 
    • Mon.-Fri. 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Sat. 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
    • Sat. 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Studio Shoots
    • Reservations must be made online.
    • Studio reservations must be made four days in advance of your shoot.
    • A production plan/questionnaire must be submitted to the Production and Facilitation department for review no later than 48 hours before the reservation is scheduled to begin. Please follow the relevant link to fill out a Firehouse Studio Production Plan. Failure to submit this document may result in the cancellation of studio reservations.
  • On-Site Media Upload (Reserve via Email)
    • Email or by Phone: 212-757-2670 x200 to reserve an upload slot. Walk-ins welcome during business hours.
  • Field Equipment Checkout (El Barrio Firehouse ONLY)

    All reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Reserve online using Access Center or by phone at 212-757-2670 ext. 200

    • Tues.-Fri. 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
    • Sat. 11 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Equipment Pickups:
    • Tuesdays, Fridays 1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 
  • Equipment Returns:
    • Equipment picked up on Tuesday will be required to be returned on Friday. Equipment picked up on Friday will be required to be returned on Tuesday. 

Testing Practices 

If a producer or guest tests positive after having been at MNN, and were in close contact with staff or community members, please notify MNN at

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