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New COVID-19 Mandates and Recommendations

Aug 3, 2021
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In light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, both New York City and New York State issued a series of announcements in an attempt to address the increases in cases. 

  • Today, the Mayor announced that New York City will require proof of vaccination for customers and workers participating in indoor dining, gyms, entertainment and performances. The initiative, "Key to NYC Pass," is a first-in-the-nation approach that will be phased in over the coming weeks. The final details of this policy will be announced and implemented the week of August 16. Inspections and enforcement will begin the week of September 13.  To show proof of vaccination, you can show your paper vaccination card, the Excelsior pass, or the NYC COVID Safe app. Learn more here. Prior to this announcement, Broadway theaters and the Metropolitan Opera had decided to require proof of vaccination and masks when performances return. 
  • Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State will mandate all State employees, as well as MTA employees and New York employees of the Port Authority, must either be vaccinated by Labor Day (Monday, September 5) or will have to get tested weekly. Additionally, the State will also require all patient-facing healthcare workers at State hospitals to get vaccinated to keep both patients and workers safe. 

Now is the time to get vaccinated! Anyone who is getting a first dose of a vaccine at a City-run site or through the home vaccination program can get a $100 pre-paid debit card. Learn more about other vaccine incentives from the City here. And click here to find vaccination sites in New York City.

Visit nyc.govCOVID-19 - NYC Health and ny.gov for the latest on COVID-19.

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