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NYC Omicron News and More

Jan 4, 2022
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Both New York State and New York City are taking multiple measures to combat the current spike of COVID-19, driven by the Omicron variant.

Governor Hochul announced a Winter Surge Plan 2.0, which includes an extension of the statewide mask-or-vaccine mandate until Tuesday, February 1. The mandate requires people above the age of 2 to wear a mask in all public spaces unless businesses or venues require proof of vaccination for anyone 12 or older. Click here for more information and to learn more on the Winter Surge Plan 2.0.

As of Monday, December 27, all employees at private sector businesses must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more. Additionally, Key to NYC requirements have expanded. Children ages 5 to 11 are now required to have proof of vaccination for the public indoor dining, fitness and entertainment activities. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine (please note that they will be required to show proof of vaccination starting Saturday, January 29). People 12 and older participating in public indoor activities are now required to show proof of full vaccination. Learn more on Key to NYC requirements here.

Booster shots are now authorized for everyone 16 and older who is fully vaccinated. Click here to find a vaccine site. If you are feeling sick, get tested immediately. The City has been working to increase the number of free testing sites available. Click here to find a testing site near you. Labcorp is also sending out free at-home COVID-19 PCR tests for those who meet clinical guidelines. Supply is limited, but you may be able to order one here.

Stay safe and healthy!

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