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COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted

Jun 29, 2021
COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted

With 70% of adults in New York having received their first dose of the vaccine, Gov. Cuomo lifted COVID-19 restrictions for many commercial businesses. The guidelines for capacity, social distancing, and information tracing will now be optional for many businesses including retailers, food services, offices, gyms, salons, and other commercial services. Unvaccinated individuals should still wear a mask in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Restrictions remain in effect for large-scale indoor event venues hosting more than 5,000 attendees. Proof of vaccination for attendees, however, can be used to eliminate social distancing and mask requirements. Masks are also still required in schools, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes and health care settings, as well as on public transit.

Cuomo also lifted the state of emergency in New York, and with it ended the sale of alcohol to-go or via delivery. The state of emergency expired after Thursday, June 24, meaning that patrons will no longer be able to enjoy the cocktails, wine and beer that they have grown accustomed to with their take-away and delivery orders. To find places to dine and enjoy a drink in Lincoln Square, however, check out our Neighborhood Guide.

For more information, read the Governor’s press release on lifting COVID restrictions and the press release on lifting the state of emergency.

Photo credit: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo