To contain the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our community, The Center Project (TCP) has established guidelines for operating during the pandemic. These are in line with guidance from the City of Columbia, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The TCP mission is to provide resources and a safe space for LGBTQ individuals, and our #1 focus is the health, safety and well-being of the Mid-Missouri LGBTQ community. That focus should be the top consideration when making decisions about plans and programs.

Guidelines

All TCP programs, activities and operations should:

  • Follow all state and local guidelines for social distancing, gathering size, and other factors.
  • Follow CDC guidelines. For events and gatherings, the CDC reiterates that virtual-only activities have the lowest risk, while in-person gatherings have higher risk.
  • Social distance, wear a mask, wash your hands!

Please note: Events in Columbia must follow the mask ordinance, which is valid from July 10-October 8. Anyone 10 or over who’s in contact with people outside their own household must wear a face mask. Exceptions include when outside and able to maintain a distance of 6 feet or more from others.

As a nonprofit entity, The Center Project can be fined up to $100 per violation of the Columbia mask ordinance by people within or working for TCP. If you’re gathered in a group of 5 at a TCP event and not following the ordinance, TCP could be fined $500.

Please respect our LGBTQ community and TCP by following the guidelines above.  

Equity considerations

We believe and acknowledge that equity is a critical component of pandemic response, and the LGBTQ community and people of color are disproportionately affected due to higher rates of health and mental health challenges; barriers to accessing health care; and economic stability.

TCP strives to connect LGBTQ individuals with needed resources and support. This mission is critical during a national crisis, and we encourage the community at large to center equity and social justice in its pandemic response.

Resources:

City of Columbia face mask ordinance (effective July 10-October 8)

CDC Considerations for Events & Gatherings

COVID-19 and LGBTQ populations (Boston University School of Public Health)

COVID-19 Action that Centers Black LGBTQ People Can Address Housing Inequities (Urban Institute)

If you have questions, please contact us at info@thecenterproject.org.