Updates to Key to NYC and Private Sector Vaccine Mandate

Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced major expansions to the “Key to NYC” program, the first-in-the-nation vaccination mandate for workers and customers at indoor dining, fitness, entertainment and performance venues.

As of last Tuesday, December 14, 2021, children aged 5-11 are now required to show proof of one vaccination dose for those venues.
Starting December 27, 2021, New Yorkers aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The mayor also announced a first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate for private-sector workers, which will take effect on December 27, 2021 and apply to roughly 184,000 businesses.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC-issued vaccination card, the New York State Excelsior Pass, the Clear Health Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App.
New resources and FAQs are available at nyc.gov/keytonyc
Download FAQ DocumentDownload Workplace Affirmation Template

Updated Mask Guidance

The NYC Commissioner of Health has issued an advisory strongly recommending that all New Yorkers, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-19 infection, should always wear a face covering when indoors and in a public setting, such as in grocery stores, building lobbies, offices, and retail stores.

Masks are still required for everyone in public transit, healthcare settings, schools, and congregate settings. Higher-quality masks, like KN95s or KF94s, can offer an additional layer of protection.

This advisory applies to all individuals in New York City over the age of two years who are able to medically tolerate wearing a mask.

You can also find more information about the new omicron variant and how to celebrate the upcoming holidays safely at nyc.gov/covid19.

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