The Key to NYC program requires employees and customers 5 and older to prove they are vaccinated before entering businesses conducting the following activities:
- Indoor dining
- Indoor fitness
- Indoor entertainment
Learn more by visiting the following pages:
In addition, all employees at all other private businesses in New York City are required to show their employers proof that they received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by December 27, 2021. Proof of a second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) is required 45 days later.
Employees can apply for a reasonable accommodation. Requests are required to be submitted to employers by December 27. Employees may continue working while accommodations are being processed.
- Post an official DOHMH sign in an obvious spot
- Keep a record of each worker’s proof and any reasonable accommodations
- Ensure employees get their second dose
Learn more about the mandate.
Business owners can access resources and assistance from Small Business Services (SBS) on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Businesses page.
At this time, there is no general vaccine mandate for students ages 5 or older attending public school. However, vaccination is required for students ages 5 and up participating in high-risk sports and extracurricular activities.
All DOE employees and City contracted child care/after-school staff were also required to submit proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by October 1, 2021. Learn more on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Schools page.
All employees at private schools, including yeshivas and Catholic schools, are required to show proof they received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by December 20, 2021. At this time there is no vaccine mandate for students attending private schools.
Learn more on the Private School Vaccine Mandate page.
To learn about mandates for City government workers, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and City Workers page.
In New York State, all healthcare workers. including staff at hospitals and long-term care facilities that are public or private, were required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 27, 2021.
These facilities include:
- Adult care
- Nursing homes
- Other congregate care settings
The State Department of Health requires these facilities to develop and implement a policy mandating employee vaccination, with limited exceptions for those with religious or medical reasons.
You should contact your employer’s human resources department for more information.
Office of Mental Health and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
Staff were required to show proof of at least the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine series as of November 1, 2021. There is no test-out option.
State Court System
All NY State court system workers were required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested weekly for COVID-19 as of September 1, 2021.
Learn more about the vaccine mandate.
NY State's Health Guidance
As of June 15, 2021, the State's health guidance and New York Forward industry-specific guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—are now lifted for most businesses and other commercial settings, including:
- Restaurants, bars, and other food services
- Gyms and fitness centers
- Amusement and family entertainment
- Hair salons, barbershops, and other personal care services
- Small-scale indoor event venues (under 5,000 capacity)
These businesses are free to choose to lift all or some restrictions, continue to adhere to the State's archived guidance, or implement other health precautions for their employees and patrons. They are also allowed to require masks and six feet of social distancing for employees and customers, regardless of vaccination status.
However, the following locations must still follow existing COVID-19 health and safety rules:
- Indoor event venues with a capacity of 5,000 to 9,999
- Health care and medical facilities
- City government offices and buildings
Learn more about COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in New York State.
Learn more about New York Forward Guidance.
Funeral Homes and Services
All New Yorkers deserve to celebrate, honor, and memorialize their loved ones who have passed. Even during these difficult times, we must continue to practice social distancing, good hand hygiene, and infection prevention to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect others from getting sick.
- To comply with social distancing restrictions, only one funeral can be held at a time.
- Funeral services, viewings, and burials are allowed but should be limited to immediate family and as few people as possible.
- Guests must continue to practice physical distancing, including remaining at least 6 feet apart from others.
- Guests who are sick must stay home. Many funeral homes are offering live-streaming, video conferences, and other remote options for people who cannot attend in person.
Funeral homes are directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to follow routine prevention and control precautions, including requiring that staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow disinfection protocols.
There’s no known risk of being in the same room with the body of someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19. However, since much is still unknown about the virus and how it spreads, you shouldn’t touch the body of someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19 or may have had COVID-19.
There are currently no restrictions against or guidelines for embalming, cremating, or burying someone who died as a result of COVID-19.