COVID Update: New York State Issues Mask or Vaccine Requirement, Effective Dec. 13th

Date: December 12, 2021

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that effective Dec. 13, 2021 masks will be required in all indoor public places unless the business or venue has implemented a vaccine requirement. Businesses that elect to implement a vaccine mandate must see proof of full vaccination (meaning 14 days after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine). Acceptable proof of vaccination includes New York’s Excelsior Pass, SMART Health Cards, or a CDC Vaccination Card. 

Businesses that do not comply with this requirement will be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.

The New York State Dept. of Health’s order defines all indoor public places as any indoor space that is not a private residence. The mask or vaccine requirement will be in effect until Jan. 15th, 2022.

For more information, visit the state’s frequently asked questions website.

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