New York City COVID Mitigation Update

As of May 19th, New York will formally adopt the CDC’s new mask policy for fully vaccinated individuals.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

New York will continue to enforce mask requirements in the following settings:

  • Schools
  • Public Transit
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Correctional facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospitals

Restaurants will no longer have capacity restriction but must keep spacing to 6ft. Health screenings and customer contact information collection for contact tracing will continue until all remaining restrictions are lifted.

Private business may choose to continue mask enforcement at their discretion. Patron mask requirements may ease but many employers will still require employees to wear masks for safety.