Policy Updates



RECENT CHANGES




NEW YORK CITY
Source: City of New York COVID-19 Hub

As of Monday, October 26
  • Families who have chosen remote only learning will have the option to opt into blended learning for the rest of the school year starting November 2 until November 15.

As of Friday, October 23
  • Mayor de Blasio issues guidelines for a safe Halloween in New York City.
  • New York City’s Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity will add new mental health services to hundreds of schools in the neighborhoods hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will provide trauma-informed counseling and connect students to outpatient mental health clinics.

As of Wednesday, October 21
  • Out of 16,348 random COVID-19 tests in NYC schools, the city has gotten back 16,298 and only 28 tests were positive, which amounts to a 0.17% positivity rate.
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio announces the city’s two-phase vaccination plan once a vaccine is approved.
  • Phase one: due to limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, healthcare personnel, frontline and essential workers, and vulnerable groups will be prioritized.
  • Phase two: vaccine will be available to the general public.

To subscribe to text updates from NYC, text “COVID” to 692-692 for English or “COVIDESP” to 692-692 for Spanish.

NEW YORK STATE
Source: New York State Guidelines

As of Monday, October 26
As of Friday, October 23

As of Wednesday, October 21
  • Arizona and Maryland are added to the state’s COVID-19 travel advisory and no states have been removed. See a full up-to-date list here.
  • Non-essential interstate travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania is discouraged.


NATIONWIDE

As of Friday, October 23
The FDA approves antiviral drug remdesevir for the treatment of coronavirus and will be sold under the brand name Veklury .

Latest guidelines and updates from the CDC here.
Updated national cases here.

POLICIES IN EFFECT


NEW YORK CITY
  • After seeing improved compliance in New York’s recent hot spots, Cuomo expects to announce a realignment of the cluster zones later this week. (10/19)
  • Out of the 15,111 COVID-19 tests from staff and students in NYC schools, the city has gotten back results for 10,676 and only 18 are positive: 13 staff members and 5 students. (10/19)
  • The state will provide 200,000 rapid testing kits to New York City schools in yellow zones to monitor COVID-19 spread as part of the Cluster Action Initiative. (10/16)
  • Metro North trains will start getting air purification systems that kill 99.99% of all germs including COVID-19, and all train cars will have this by January 2021. MTA subways and Long Island Railroad will follow in getting the new air purification system. (10/16)
  • Mayor de Blasio signs an executive order allowing businesses to use outdoor heaters to extend outdoor dining into the winter months. (10/16)
  • Over the weekend there were $150,000 in fines in red, orange, and yellow zones. (10/14)
  • Mandatory testing in New York City public schools started Friday 10/9. Out of the 1,751 tests conducted in 56 schools, only one showed a positive COVID-19 result (0.06%). (10/14)
  • The New York Philharmonic cancels all of its scheduled shows through June 2021. (10/14)
  • All Broadway productions will be shut down through May 30, 2021. (10/12)
  • Cluster Action Initiative restrictions are now being enforced in Brooklyn, Queens and Broome, Orange and Rockland counties Find out what zone you’re in here. (10/9)
  • Governor Cuomo announces the Cluster Action Initiative, a three-tiered system for new rules and restrictions to address COVID-19 hotspots in Brooklyn, Queens, and Orange and Rockland Counties. These will go into effect no later than Friday 10/9 and will remain in effect for 14 days. Rules are broken down by three colors; red is the cluster center, orange is the area surrounding the cluster, and yellow surrounds the orange. Rules for each area are: 
Red: houses of worship at 25% capacity (10-person max), mass gatherings prohibited, nonessential businesses closed, takeout dining only, schools remote-only
Orange: houses of worship at 33% capacity (25-person max), mass gatherings 10-person max, gyms and personal care businesses closed, outdoor dining only with 4-person max per table, schools remote-only
Yellow: houses of worship at 50% capacity, mass gatherings 25-person max, all businesses open, outdoor dining only with 4-person max per table, schools open (10/7)
  • New York City has expanded testing in neighborhoods with increases in COVID-19 cases. This includes mobile testing units, testing block parties, and rapid testing locations. Click 
here for locations. (10/5)
  • New York City has expanded testing in neighborhoods with increases in COVID-19 cases. This includes mobile testing units, testing block parties, and rapid testing locations. Click here for locations. (10/5)
  • Mayor de Blasio expands the Open Streets program with four more locations for car-free outdoor dining and three more streets for recreation. (10/2)
  • Indoor dining returns to New York City today at 25% capacity with the following safety measures: Temperature checks at the doorContact information collected for Test & Trace CorpsTables spaced 6 feet apartPPE for all employees City personnel in New York City will hand out face masks to people not wearing one. Those who refuse to wear a face mask after being offered one or reminded will be fined up to $1000. (9/30)
  • The rate of positive tests in New York City reaches 1.93%. Mayor de Blasio said that an increase to 3% would mean automatic shutdown of NYC schools. (9/28)
  • Mayor de Blasio announces that Open Restaurants, the city’s outdoor dining initiative, will be extended year-round and made permanent. Restaurants will be allowed to use heating and enclosures as the temperatures drop. (9/25)
  • The city ramps up testing and contact tracing in six neighborhoods that have seen a recent uptick in cases: Borough Park, Kew Gardens, Midwood, Edgemere-Far Rockaway, Bensonhurst and Williamsburg. (9/23)
  • Learning Bridges, a new program that provides free childcare options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning launches today. Apply here. (9/21)
  • The New York City Council approved a bill allowing restaurants to add a COVID-19 surcharge of up to 10% to help offset operating costs. (9/18)
  • New York City delays in-person start date for some grades: (9/18)
  • 3-K, Pre-K and special education start Monday 9/21 as scheduledK-5 and K-8 schools start 9/28Middle and high schools start 10/1
  • There will be no snow days this year in New York City public schools. With the school start delayed, the city still needs to meet the state’s 180-day instruction requirement. (9/16)
  • One week before the start of school, 55 NYC school staff members tested positive for COVID-19, which is a positivity rate of 0.32% among the 16,982 tested. (9/14)
  • Mayor de Blasio announces Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a television-only event due to COVID-19. (9/14)
  • Starting Monday, September 14, the MTA will issue a $50 fine for riders who refuse to wear a mask on public transit.
  • NYC restaurant patrons who observe safety policy violations can report them by calling 833-208-4160 or texting ‘VIOLATION’ to 855-904-5036. (9/9)
  • Reminder that you CANNOT be evicted while the rent moratorium is in effect (until September 20). Call 311 for free legal help, regardless of documentation status. (9/7)
  • Malls will be allowed to reopen starting September 9 with a 50% occupancy limit and with strict safety protocols. (9/4)
  • NYC Care, a health care access program for New Yorkers who do not qualify or cannot afford health insurance, is now available in all five boroughs. Enroll by calling 1-646-NYC-CARE (1-646-692-2273). (9/4)
  • NYC gyms are now allowed to reopen, with some restrictions. (9/2)
  • NYC schools opening has been delayed by 10 days to September 21. (9/2)
  • With NYC opening schools for blended learning in two weeks, the city has inspected 88% of schools for healthy ventilation, approved 247 outdoor learning plans, and distributed 324,000 iPads to students. (8/31)
  • Six more locations have been added to the city’s Open Streets and Open Restaurants programs for expanded outdoor dining. (8/28)
  • Outdoor youth sports on NYC athletic fields will be allowed to resume Tuesday, September 15th. (8/28)
  • NYC reported its lowest COVID-19 infection rate (0.66%) since March (8/26)
  • As public schools resume blended in-person learning in the fall, the city launches Learning Bridges, a new program that provides free childcare options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the program, fill out this survey. (8/24)
  • Mayor de Blasio announces partnership with New York Yankees to promote COVID-19 testing. The first 4,000 people to get tested at any NYC Health and Hospitals location will receive free Yankees memorabilia. (8/24)
  • With COVID-19 disproportionately affecting the health and economic welfare of Black communities in New York, the city will make new commitments to invest in Black-owned businesses in all five boroughs with the BE NYC initiative. (8/21)
  • Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announce the city’s back to school pledge, which outlines the health commitments to students, parents, and the school community. Some of these include: PPE and cleaning supplies for all schools, and DOE will have a 30-day supply on hand at all timesFull-time nurse in every public school buildingCity-run testing sites will provide expedited results for school staffSchools will communicate with all students and families when there are confirmed cases in schools (8/21)
  • Mayor De Blasio stated that gyms will not be able to re-open until September 2 at the earliest (8/19)
  • Mayor De Blasio stated that gyms will not be able to re-open until September 2 at the earliest. (8/19)
  • Free walk-in testing is available at mobile testing units in addition to NY Health and Hospital sites. Find locations near you here. (8/17)
  • Given the recent uptick in cases, the city is encouraging those in Sunset Park to get tested by providing a free shuttle to the testing site at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Pick up locations will be at 6th Ave/44th St and 7th Ave/60th St and service will run 8/17-8/23 from 9:00am-6:30pm. (8/17)
  • Governor Cuomo announces that low-risk cultural activities in New York City, such as museums and aquariums, could reopen starting August 24th. They will be required to operate at 25% capacity with timed ticketing and staggered entry. (8/14)
  • The city infection rate increased to 2% after holding steady at 1% for the several days (8/12)
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said that 74%, which is more than 700,000 students, will return to school through the blended learning plan while 26% will be taking part in remote-only learning. 85% of teachers will be taking part in blended teaching. (8/10)
  • A total of 15 outdoor pools around the city are open from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. daily. Click here to find one near you. (8/10)
  • The Test & Trace Corps is providing "Take Care” packages to people testing positive or that need to be quarantined. The package contains personal protective equipment for a household of three to quarantine for 10-14 days. (8/7)
  • New York City has started to implement COVID-19 checkpoints at key entry sites into the city including Penn Station, Port Authority, major bridges and the two big tunnels. Travelers will be required to complete a state Department of Health traveler form and will be informed about New York State’s home-quarantine orders. (8/7)
  • No COVID-19 related deaths reported in NYC for third straight day (8/5)
  • Major de Blasio announces that thanks to the Open Restaurants initiative over 80,000 New Yorkers have gotten their jobs back. Over 9,000 businesses are now participating and the program will return next summer. (8/3)
  • Cuomo announces city’s schools can reopen if the percentage of citywide positive tests is less than 3% using a seven-day rolling average. (7/31)
  • Pending state approval, the American Museum of Natural History will open to the public on September 9. Visitors would need to make online reservations in advance. (7/31)
  • Mayor de Blasio today revealed 15 more locations for expanded weekend outdoor dining options through the Open Streets and Open Restaurants initiatives, bringing the citywide total to 62 restaurants. (7/31)
  • NYC positive COVID-19 test rate stands at 1% (7/29)
  • Mayor de Blasio calls for the full opening of the court system amid spike in violence. (7/27)
  • Mayor de Blasio announces Play Streets, a new initiative to provide families with safe, structured activities on 12 Open Streets during weekdays from 10am-5pm and will continue through September 4th. (7/24)
  • Starting today, 8 public swimming pools throughout all 5 boroughs will be open at 30% capacity and with new safety measures in place. A total of 15 pools are scheduled to open by August 1st. (7/24)
  • The New York Public Library has begun a limited reopening, with grab-and-go services available at eight locations. See here for more details. (7/22)
  • Today NYC enters a limited Phase 4. Permitted: low-risk outdoor arts & entertainment, professional sports with no spectators, and media production (movies, music, and television production). Not permitted: indoor activity, such as indoor dining, gyms, malls, movie theaters, museums, and other cultural institutions. (7/20)
  • Cooling centers will remain open but with social distancing. (7/20)
  • Cuomo announced the “three strikes” policy, where bars and restaurants will be forced to close after three violations of regulations, including social distancing and face covering orders. (7/17)
  • The city will enter Phase 4 of reopening on Monday, July 20th. This includes outdoor entertainment, media production, and professional sports without fans. The date for higher education, pre-K through grade 12 schools, indoor entertainment, and malls are yet to be determined. (7/17)
  • New York City will provide free childcare for 100,000 children in the fall. (7/17)
  • NYC is experiencing an uptick in cases amongst 20-29 year-old individuals (7/15)
  • New York City reports zero new deaths from Covid-19 for the first time in months. However, a rise of infections among young adults is taking place. (07/13)
  • Mayor De Blasio announces new testing partnerships to expand the city´s free testing capacity. (07/13)
  • Large gatherings requiring a city permit are cancelled in New York City through September 30th (7/10)
  • New York City’s Board of Health approves a plan to reopen 3000 childcare centers beginning Monday, July 13. Strict state safety requirements will apply. (7/10)
  • Mount Sinai opened a care center in Union Square yesterday that will treat patients with lingering issues from COVID-19 (7/8)
  • Today New York City enters Phase 3, though indoor dining does not reopen. Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage centers, spa salons, tanning salons and tattoo shops, can reopen. Additional outdoor recreational areas, such as outdoor basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball courts, bocce and dog runs, can also reopen. (7/6)
  • Now over 7,000 restaurants have the outdoor seating under the Open Restaurant Program. (7/6)
  • The 9/11 Memorial reopened to the public on Sunday and the High Line is reopening next week (a free, timed-entry pass to visit will be needed). (7/6)
  • Starting the evening of July 3, selected corridors across all boroughs will be open for the expansion of outdoor dining and pedestrian traffic. Hours of operation for expanded seating will be 5p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday nights, and 12 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and will last until labor day.  (7/3)
  • 15 outdoor pools will be open in the next few weeks: 3 will open July 24, and 12 will open August 1. (7/3)
  • New York City will push back its date to resume indoor dining at restaurants due to surging COVID-19 cases across the country (7/1)
  • Mayor De Blasio announced in his daily briefing that barbecue areas in parks will reopen next weekend. (6/29)
  • New York City is projected to enter Phase 3 on July 6th, which includes opening personal care services (tattoo and piercing parlors, appearance enhancement practices, massage therapy practices, spas, cosmetology salons, nail salons, tanning salons, or waxing salons) and outdoor recreational areas (basketball, tennis, volleyball, dog runs, handball, and bocce) (6/26)
  • New York City beaches will open for swimming starting July 1st. (6/26)
  • Mayor de Blasio combines Open Streets with Open Restaurants, announcing expanded seating options for restaurants in all five boroughs. By July 4th, 10-20 corridors citywide will be open to pedestrians and approved for expanded street dining. (6/26)
  • NYC Health + Hospitals will now offer free COVID-19 antibody tests at its 11 acute care facilities and select Gotham Heath sites. (6/26)
  • NYC Marathon has been postponed (6/26)
  • NYC has entered Phase II of reopening, meaning restaurants can seat people in outdoor tables six feet apart from each other, with diners wearing masks until seated and employees wearing masks at all times. Salons and Barbershops can open with 50% of maximum occupancy, with all employees and customers wearing masks and customers seated six feat apart. In-Store Retail (non-essential) can open with 50% of maximum capacity in store. Playgrounds will open across the city, with social distancing ambassadors patrolling various locations, but team sports are still not allowed. Houses of worship will be able to open at 25% occupancy of the space in which they choose to conduct services. (6/22)
  • NYC will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Monday 6/22 and as many as 300,000 workers are expected to return to work as outdoor dining, in-store shopping and office work resumes. (6/18)
  • Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet and Lincoln Center all canceled their fall seasons following similar announcements from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. (6/18)
  • The US Open will be held in Queens from August 31st to September 13th without fans and with additional precautions to protect players and staff. (6/16)
  • NYC Health released an FAQ document about reopening, “Restart NYC.”  For the FAQ click here and for more information click here.  (6/14)
  • New York City has partnered with One Fair Wage to invest $3 million into the Restaurant Revitalization Program, which will start by saving 100 restaurants, bringing back around 1,000 displaced restaurant workers at $20 per hour. (6/12)
  • 20 new miles of busways and bus lanes will be added to the city to help New Yorkers get around more easily as the city begins to reopen. (6/12)
  • New York City is giving businesses free face coverings, providing safety guides, and launching a worker hotline. If you have a safety concern about your workplace as the city reopens, call 888-SBS-4NYC. (6/9)
  • New York City starts Phase 1 of the State's reopening plan, called New York Forward. (6/8)
  • NYC curfew no longer in effect. (6/7)
  • As New York City prepares for phase 1 of reopening on June 8th, 10 additional testing spots will be added to hotspot areas who are predominantly low income and minority communities. (6/2)
  • City officials will distribute additional hand sanitizer and masks to the 10 zip codes within NYC that have the city’s highest infection rates (5/30)
  • The MTA pilots the use of UV light technology to kill COVID-19 in subway cars and crew facilities. (5/29)
  • New York City is expected to enter Phase 1 on June 8th. New York City meets 5/7 criteria to reopen according to Regional Monitoring Dashboard. (5/29)
  • City Council is working to expand outdoor dining. (5/28)
  • Mayor De Blasio signed the COVID-19 Relief Package into law to protect small businesses. (5/28)
  • New York City is partnering with AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) to get 16 additional COVID-19 testing sites across all five boroughs. Call 866-749-2660 to make an appointment for your free COVID-19 test with ACPNY. (5/25)
  • See the City's response by zip code across areas including testing, supplies and telehealth, food, education, and targeted outreach and support. To view the map visit nyc.gov/covidresponsemap. (5/24)
  • New York City has expanded the criteria and capacity for individuals to get tested for COVID-19. You should get a COVID-19 test if you:
    • Have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation
    • Come in close contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19, regardless of whether you have symptoms
    • Work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter or adult care facility), regardless of whether you have symptoms.
  • New York City is opening 40 miles of streets to allow greater social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, with a plan to expand to a total of 100 miles. Open Streets are available daily, 8 am to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted) for pedestrians and cyclists to use the roadbed of the street while maintaining at least six feet of distance from others. For a list of locations visit nyc.gov/openstreets. (5/24)
  • New Yorkers who have symptoms or questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can call 1-844-NYC-4NYC to connect to a medical provider free of charge seven days a week from 9 am - 9 pm. (5/24)
  • New Yorkers can sign up for a COVID-19 antibody survey appointment at nyc.bioreference.com/antibodysurvey and via telephone at (888) 279-0967 (Hours of Operation are M-F 8 AM-8 PM; Sat/Sun 9 AM-5 PM)
    • NYC residents 18 years and over can sign up by visiting the website or calling (888)279-0967
    • Prior to scheduling an appointment, they'll be asked three screening questions in order to participate
    • Once scheduled, they will receive a confirmation code that they will bring to their appointment
    • Onsite, they'll fill out a survey (which we are working to digitize) and be tested
  • New York City will continue distributing free face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement. (5/22)
  • New York City will open 13 more miles of streets to pedestrians and cyclists for Memorial Day Weekend starting tomorrow, May 23rd. Open Streets will be visible on Google Maps. (5/22)
  • New York City runs 20,000 COVID-19 tests per day and partnered with CityMD to offer walk-in diagnostic testing at all NYC locations. Regardless of insurance coverage, there is no out-of-pocket cost to patients for the test. For uninsured New Yorkers, CityMD will cover the cost of the COVID-19 test free of charge. Click here to find a CityMD near you.  (5/19)
  • Alternate-side parking regulations are back, but only for the next week so streets can be cleaned. They will be waived once again next week for at least two more weeks. (5/18)
  • Police officers limited access to Sheep Meadow in Central Park the weekend of 5/16 in order to avoid overcrowding. (5/16)
  • Mayor de Blasio announced a COVID-19 Heat Wave Plan to keep vulnerable New Yorkers cool and safe at home, giving 74,000 free air conditioners to low income seniors (5/15)
  • New York City expands testing criteria to test more New Yorkers for COVID-19. This includes those who work in a congregate residential setting (nursing home, shelter, or adult care facility). Click here to find a community testing center near you. (5/15)
  • Starting tomorrow, NYC will ban traffic from 12 additional miles of roadway in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. City officials hope to discourage citizens from overcrowding parks. (5/13)
  • 82 children in New York City have become ill with a respiratory illness linked to COVID-19. This is an increase from 30 cases yesterday. (5/13)
  • New York City will be opening up 12 more Health + Hospitals community testing sites over the next 3 weeks, doubling the testing capacity in public hospitals and clinics. (5/12)
  • New York State has extended NYS PAUSE, meaning all non-essential workers must continue to work from home and everyone is required to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in public. (5/10)
  • The MTA provided 40 buses at end-of-the line subway stations as shelter for homeless people while the stations were closed overnight. (5/9)
  • Police begin to limit crowds at Hudson River Park and Domino Park. (5/9)
  • Dozens of events scheduled throughout the state next week as part of the Nourish New York Initiative to help put food on the table for 20,000 households. (5/8)
  • New York City may limit entry to parks to stop overcrowding. (5/7)
  • The city will give out 7.5 million masks to New Yorkers, expanding a program that began over the weekend. (5/4)
  • New York City will be distributing 100,000 face masks free of charge in parks across the city from May 2nd to May 5th. Times and locations can be found here. (5/1)
  • The City of New York’s COVID-19 hotel program provides free hotel stays to frontline workers in the healthcare industry and eligible New Yorkers unable to isolate at home. (5/1)
  • Preliminary results of FDNY and NYPD antibody testing show 17.1% of FDNY officers and EMTs have COVID-19 antibodies, and 10.5% of NYPD officers have COVID-19 antibodies. (5/1)
  • New York State will allow FDNY and NYPD officers to be tested even if they are not feeling symptoms (4/28)
  • NYC Health released an FAQ about face coverings in light of the new requirement (see New York State) (4/28)
  • The NYC Commissioner of Health released an FAQ about the order to create a process to document and claim paid sick leave (see Employment)  (4/28)
  • City Council announced a sweeping relief package that will mandate paid sick leave for gig workers and premium pay for nonsalaried essential workers (4/22)
  • Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks display will go on as planned (4/22)
  • The public health milestones (hospital admissions, critical are, and testing) NYC must reach before social distancing can be relaxed have been updated.  The updates are found here (4/21)
  • NYC is canceling concerts, festivals and all other nonessential events through June. [source] (4/21)
  • Alternate Side Parking Regulations suspended through April 28th. Parking meters remain in effect. (4/20)
  • All non-essential permitted events in June are cancelled (Pride March, Puerto Rican Day and Celebrate Israel Parades). (4/20)
  • Starting Friday, April 17th, all New Yorkers are required to wear a mask or face covering when out in public and in situations where a 6-foot distance from others cannot be maintained. (4/17)
  • New York City is investing $170 million to ensure no New Yorker goes hungry. To read the plan, go to nyc.gov/feedingnyc. To find out how to get food go to nyc.gov/getfood. (4/17)
  • Health and Hospitals is hiring 500 non-clinical staff to help with patient transport, clerical work, and cleaning. No medical background is required and hiring will be expanded to thousands soon. Please visit nyc.gov/getwork for more information and to apply. (4/17)
  • New Yorkers who have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, have come into contact with someone who may have COVID-19, or are currently in quarantine can update the City on their status. (4/10)
  • Pets: Currently, there is no evidence that companion animals, including pets, are contributing to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some animals can get infected, such as dogs and cats, but there are no reports of them spreading the virus. FAQ here. (4/10)
  • Sanitation: Delays. Continue to place trash/recycling/items for pickup on curb night before usual collection day. (4/7)
  • Schools: Closed through April 29th. (4/7)
  • Face covering guidance: A face covering can help prevent you from spreading COVID-19, so you should wear something that covers your nose and mouth (dust masks, scarves, bandanas, etc.) whenever you leave the home.  Do not use health care worker masks, as those must be preserved for people in the healthcare system. Click here for an FAQ. (4/5)
  • Meal Hubs: Department of Education’s Meal Hubs will expand service to include all children and adults across the five boroughs starting on Friday, April 3. Sites will begin grab-and-go adult meal service, serving three meals a day, Monday through Friday. Adults and children can pick up three meals at a time and no adult will be turned away. There is no registration or identification required.  For location and details, click here, and see “Food” section. (4/5)
  • Small Businesses: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) opens up Friday, April 3rd. The $350 billion federal loan program is open to small businesses or nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees. The program is open on a first come, first serve basis. Those who are interested should apply here. (4/5)
  • Every New Yorker must stay at home from work, unless they are an essential worker (3/22)
    • Essential industries include: shipping, media, warehousing, manufacturing, food production, gas stations, pharmacies, health care providers, utilities/ infrastructure, law enforcement, banks & financial institutions, construction, and providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations.
  • All non-essential gatherings are banned. (3/22)
  • All non-essential businesses normally open to the public must remain closed. (3/22)
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider. (3/22)


NEW YORK STATE
  • Movie theaters outside of New York City can open starting October 23 at 25% capacity with no more than 50 people allowed per screen. Theaters can only open in counties with no cluster zones and where the 14-day average of COVID-19 positivity rates remain below 2%. (10/19)  
  • Ski resorts can open with 50% indoor capacity with strict health and safety protocols starting Friday, November 6. (10/19)
  • Governor Cuomo announces that local governments and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones will lose state funding if they fail to enforce state public health mandates. (10/16)
  • Ohio, Michigan, and Virginia have been added to the state’s travel advisory list and no states have been removed. See a full up-to-date list here. (10/14)
  • New York State positivity rate drops below 1% for first time since September 24 to .96%. (10/12)
  • Governor Cuomo announces COVID-19 rapid testing will be available in every county in New York State. (10/9)
  • New Mexico has been added to the state travel advisory list. See a full up-to-date list here. (10/7)
  • Governor Cuomo has ordered schools in 9 New York City zip codes where COVID-19 rates have remained above 3% for the past 7 days to close Tuesday, October 6. (10/5)
  • New York and New Jersey Join Pennsylvania and Delaware to Create Regional COVID Alert App Network to Stop the Spread of COVID-19. You get an alert if you were in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It is voluntary, anonymous, and confidential. (10/2)
  • Governor Cuomo appoints members of the state’s Clinical Advisory Task Force to review all COVID-19 vaccines approved by the federal government to assess their safety and efficacy. (9/30)
  • Colorado is added to New York State’s travel advisory list. Arizona and Virginia are removed. Find an updated list here. (9/30)
  • After seeing rises in positive COVID-19 cases in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as in Rockland and Orange counties, governor Cuomo will provide 200 rapid testing machines to schools and local governments in these areas. (9/28)
  • Governor Cuomo announced that international travelers from all but 31 countries will have to quarantine and fill out a travel form when they arrive in New York. (9/28)
  • New York’s moratorium on COVID-19-related evictions has been extended until January 1, 2021. (9/28)
  • The state launches the school COVID-19 Report Card where parents can monitor positive cases in their child’s school and neighborhood. (9/25)
  • Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Rhode Island, and Wyoming are added to New York State’s travel advisory list. No states are removed. Find an updated list here. (9/23)
  • Only one person died from COVID-19 yesterday in New York State, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic. (9/21)
  • Governor Cuomo announces he will not cancel Halloween trick-or-treating in New York State. (9/18)
  • Starting September 17, nursing homes in New York will be allowed to resume visitations if the facilities have been without COVID-19 for at least 14 days, a revision from the previous 28-day guidelines. Visitors will be required to show proof of a negative test result within the last 7 days. (9/16)
  • The special enrollment for uninsured New Yorkers is extended until December 31, 2020. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly through insurers, and must apply within 60 days of losing coverage. (9/16)
  • Governor Cuomo announces 38th straight day with COVID-19 infection rate below 1%. (9/14)
  • Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia are added to the travel advisory list; Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands are removed. Find an updated travel advisory list here.
  • Indoor dining will be allowed starting on September 30th at 25% capacity with strict safety protocols. (9/9)
  • To efficiently monitor, respond to, and contain virus, SUNY launches a COVID-19 case tracker dashboard, which provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases, testing, and quarantine space availability across SUNY’s 64 campuses. (9/7)
  • The state’s share of positive cases remains under 1% for over 30 days. (9/7)
  • Casinos and video lottery terminal facilities statewide will be allowed to reopen starting September 9 with a 25% occupancy limit and with strict safety protocols. (9/4)
  • New York State beaches will remain open and staffed with lifeguards through the end of September. (9/4)
  • Alaska and Montana meet the metrics to be added to the travel advisory. (9/4)
  • Governor Cuomo announced that NYS Division of Veterans’ Services will extend its partnership with HelloFresh to combat food insecurity in NY during the pandemic. (9/2)
  • Three new free rapid testing sites will open tomorrow in the City of Onenota, following an outbreak at SUNY Onenonta. Call 833-NYSTRNG to make an appointment. (9/2)
  • AstraZeneca will begin a Phase 3 clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine in the US. (8/31)
  • Governor Cuomo announces that COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients have dropped to new lows, with 1 COVID-19 death in New York State and no deaths in NYC. (8/31)
  • After violations of state executive orders this past weekend, the state suspended liquor licenses for 6 businesses, bringing the total number of suspensions to 168. (8/31)
  • Governor Cuomo announces the lowest COVID-19 infection rate in New York State since the pandemic began at 0.65%. The state’s infection rate has remained below 1% for the past three weeks. (8/28)
  • After reports of students at large gatherings on college campuses, the state has released interim guidance for colleges to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. (8/28)
  • Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, and Montana have been removed from the NY State restriction list (8/26)
  • Beginning September 21, lower-risk school sports may begin statewide. Travel and practice outside the school’s region is prohibited until October 19th. (8/24)
  • Governor Cuomo signed an executive order which extends the state’s moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures until September 20th. (8/21)
  • Travelers to NYS coming from Delaware or Alaska will now have to quarantine for 14 days. The list stands at 33 total states plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (8/19)
  • Travelers to NYS coming from Delaware or Alaska will now have to quarantine for 14 days. The list stands at 33 total states plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. (8/19)
  • Beginning August 24th, gyms and fitness centers will be allowed to reopen at 33% capacity and must follow safety protocols, including wearing a mask at all times. (8/17)
  • Cuomo announces bowling alleys will be open Monday, August 17 at 50% capacity. Food service must follow state guidance. Due to indoor dining restrictions, food and beverage services will not be allowed in New York City bowling alleys. (8/14)
  • HI, SD added to NY travel advisory list; AK, NM, OH, RI, WA removed from list (8/12)
  • Governor Cuomo released "Mask Up, America", a public service announcement highlighting the effective use of masks during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. (8/10)
  • The State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force observed violations of state requirements at 19 establishments. (8/10)
  • All school districts in the state are cleared to open for in-person classes for the fall semester.  Each school district must have a testing and tracing plan and decide whether in-person or hybrid model will work best. (8/7)
  • Rhode Island has been added to the list of states from which travelers will need to quarantine for 14 days if traveling to NY state; Washington, DC and Delaware removed from list (8/5)
  • Governor Cuomo announces New York State has completed 6 Million diagnostic Covid-19 Tests. (8/3)
  • Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the filing window for the Child Victims Act has been extended until August 14, 2021. (8/3)
  • The U.S. Open Championship will be held in Mamaroneck without fans this September. (7/31)
  • The state has suspended liquor licenses for 64 businesses. (7/31)
  • Empire State Development has identified 20 NY-based companies that will receive state funding to create COVID-19 related supplies. The program is designed to ensure that medical centers across NY-state have the supplies they need  to treat COVID-19 patients. (7/29)
  • 127 establishments in NYC and Long Island were issued violations, and 40 have had their licenses suspended for violating social distancing regulations. (7/27)
  • The State Police and State Liquor Authority lead a task force to investigate and shut down businesses not complying with state safety standards. (7/24)
  • Following a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in those aged 21-30, New York State has launched a new ad campaign targeted towards young people to emphasize risk and severity of COVID-19. (7/24)
  • 10 states were added to New York’s Quarantine List for a total of 31 states; New York State mandates than any traveler entering NY from these 31 states must quarantine for 14 days (7/22)
  • Governor Cuomo Announces $1.5 Million for ‘Feeding New York State’ to Assist Food Insecure New Yorkers and State’s Farmers. (7/24)
  • Schools in Phase 4 regions can reopen if the region’s daily infection rate remains below 5% using a 14-day average (7/15)
  • A COVID Rental Assistance Program will provide aid to low-income families in need of rent assistance; applications can be found here (7/15)
  • Last two days to fill New York State personal income tax and corporation tax returns. Deadline: July 15, 2020. (07/13)
  • Beginning tomorrow, a travel enforcement operation will commence at airports statewide to help ensure travelers coming into NYS are following the state’s quarantine requirements. Travelers from 19 states are required to quarantine, to fill the State DOH traveler form, and to provide contact information. (07/13)
  • New York State will decide the first week of August whether schools will reopen in the fall (7/10)
  • Beginning Sunday, July 12, limited concessions will be allowed to open at state beaches (7/10)
  • Delaware, Kansas, and Oklahoma now meet metrics to qualify for travel advisory. Find a list of states on the travel advisory here. (7/10)
  • Gov Cuomo, CT Gov Lamont, and NJ Gov Murphy created a joint travel advisory that requires visitors from outside NY, CT, and NJ to quarantine for two weeks upon entering any of the three states (7/8)
  • The NYS Department of Health is finalizing guidance for school reopenings in September (7/8)
  • State directed all school districts to have a plan to reopen in September. (7/6)
  • The New York State Fair is canceled this year. (7/6)
  • To report violations of health and safety restrictions, you can file a complaint for a business, location, or incident in your community here, and file a complaint against your employer or place of work here. (7/3)
  • Outdoor pools in state parks across the state will open for July 4th weekend at reduced capacity with social distancing guidelines in place. Interim guidance on July 4th weekend activities can be found here. (7/3)
  • Air conditioning filters capable of filtering COVID-19 particles will be mandatory for mall reopening (7/1)
  • New York restaurants and bars can continue selling alcoholic beverages for takeout and delivery for an additional 30 days. (6/29)
  • Regions in phase four can hold social gatherings of up to 50 people; and indoor religious gatherings will be allowed at up to 33% of the indoor site's capacity. (6/26)
  • Go to forward.ny.gov to find out which phase of reopening your region is in, industry guidance for each phase, regional dashboards for monitoring how the virus is being contained, and information on loans for small businesses. (6/26)
  • Long Island entered Phase 3 of re-opening (6/24)
  • The New York State Department of Financial Services has reached an agreement with credit reporting agencies to provide free credit reports to consumers and help reduce negative consumer credit reporting. (6/22)
  • Long Island entered Phase 3 of re-opening (6/24)
  • Governor Cuomo signed an executive order stating that businesses that violate reopening guidelines could face immediate shut downs. (6/20)
  • The State will issue guidance to colleges and universities to allow some in-person instruction and on-campus housing for the fall semester. (6/18)
  • Business guidance for Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan is available here. (6/18)
  • Governor Cuomo signed legislation making it illegal for employers to punish employees who report a violation of COVID-19 regulations. (6/17)
  • Yesterday, New York State reached the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests since the pandemic began. (6/17)
  • Governor Cuomo announces groups of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase 3. (6/16)
  • Hospitals and group homes are allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Visitors must follow state guidelines: visitors must wear PPE, and they will be subject to symptom and temperature checks, and the visits will be time-limited. (6/16)
  • Low-risk youth sports for regions in phase 3 can begin on July 6. (6/14)
  • Bars and restaurants violating reopening rules and guidelines can lose their liquor licenses, and individuals can be fined for open contained and social distancing violations. (6/14)
  • According to the website “Rate of Transmission” NYS has lowest rate of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. (6/13)
  • Governor Cuomo announced that public pools and playgrounds are permitted to open while following state guidance; the Department of Health released interim guidance for pools. (6/12)
  • Cuomo accepts COVID-19 Domestic Violence Task Force recommendations in full: flexible funding to meet the diverse needs of survivors, more housing navigation services, no police report required to receive help, among others. (6/11)
  • The deadline to submit absentee ballots has been extended to June 23rd. (6/11)
  • Some special education classes may be delivered  in person this summer if operations are conducted according to interim guidance (6/10)
  • New York State delivers 500,000 cloth masks, as well as 10,000 gallons and 100,000 2-oz. bottles of hand sanitizer to Metro North. (6/9)
  • The state opens 14 new temporary testing sites at churches located in communities particularly impacted by COVID-19. Testing sites statewide can be found here. (6/9)
  • New York State established 11 additional testing sites in hotspot neighborhoods that have been impacted the most by COVID-19, bringing the total number of testing sites in NYS to more than 800. (6/9)
  • Schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year; the Department of Health released interim guidance for these ceremonies. (6/9)
  • Governor Cuomo is urging all protesters to get COVID testing.  Sites here. (6/7)
  • Socially Distanced Graduations of up to 150 people will be allowed beginning June 26. (6/7)
  • Places of worship will be allowed to reopen with 25% occupancy with all social distancing protocols in place during phase 2 of reopening. (6/7)
  • Health care workers can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. (6/7)
  • NYS sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22. (6/6) 
  • The state is expanding COVID-19 testing criteria to include any individual who recently attended protests. (6/5)
  • Medical schools statewide will be allowed to reopen on June 22. (6/4)
  • New York State’s Capital Region enters Phase 2 of reopening today (6/3)
  • Medical schools statewide will be allowed to reopen on June 22. (6/4)
  • New York State’s Capital Region enters Phase 2 of reopening today (6/3)
  • Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29, and a decision on sleep-away camps will be made in the coming weeks. (6/2)
  • Governor Cuomo issued an executive order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses to open in regions that met the metrics required for Phase 1. (6/2)
  • Dentists statewide can reopen while adhering to best practices for safety and social distancing guidelines. (6/1)
  • Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of the Early Monitoring Dashboard to monitor how the virus is being contained in each region. (5/29)
  • New York executive order allows store owners to deny entry to people without masks. (5/28)
  • Governor Cuomo met with President Trump today to discuss New York State infrastructure projects that are aimed to jump-start the state’s economy. (5/27)
  • New York State and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency. (5/26)
  • Campgrounds and RV parks are open statewide. (5/26)
  • Veterinarian practices are allowed to open in all regions. (5/26)
  • The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance. (5/24)
  • Governor Cuomo announced that groups of up to 10 people can gather anywhere in New York State for any reason provided that social distancing protocols are followed. (5/23)
  • The New York State tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020 (5/22)
  • Memorial day ceremonies of 10 people or less will be allowed statewide, but final decisions about ceremonies will be left to local governments (5/22)
  • Following a spike in domestic violence during the COVID pandemic, a new task force will work to find innovative solutions to this crisis. (5/21)
  • Governor Cuomo said that religious services with up to 10 people can resume starting tomorrow if masks are worn and social distance is maintained (5/20)
  • Nassau County has been cleared to resume elective surgeries (5/20)
  • New York State doubled its testing capacity to 40,000 per day, and has more than 700 testing sites. Eligible New Yorkers are encouraged to find a nearby testing site and get tested. (5/19) 
  • Additional guidelines have been outlined for business that are in phase one of reopening. (5/18)
  • Governor Cuomo said horse racetracks across New York State can open on June 1 without fans. (5/16)
  • Public and private beaches will open with certain restrictions on May 22 in coordination with neighboring states. Beaches cannot exceed 50% capacity and visitors must wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Picnic areas will be closed and social distancing enforced. (5/15)
  • New York has issued first-in-the-nation criteria to healthcare professionals establishing an interim definition for COVID-related inflammatory illness in children. (5/14)
  • Hospitals across NY State have been directed to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children displaying symptoms similar to atypical Kawasaki disease and/or toxic shock syndrome. (5/13)
  • Certain low-risk business and recreational activities reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening businesses; and recreational activities such as tennis and drive-in movie theaters. (5/12)
  • Applications to join as a contact tracer in New York's COVID-19 tracing effort are now being accepted. (5/11)
  • Governor proposes “Americans First Law” stating a corporation cannot receive government funding if it does not rehire the same number of employees pre-pandemic. (5/10)
  • Governor Cuomo issues Executive Order mandating all nursing home staff be tested for COVID-19 twice per week. (5/10)
  • Hospitals cannot discharge a patient to a nursing home unless that patient tests negative for COVID-19. (5/10)
  • The State Department of Health investigates severe illness in children that may be related to COVID-19. (5/9)
  • New York State partners with Northwell Health to establish 24 temporary testing sites in predominantly minority communities. (5/9)
  • An additional 1.5 miles of streets in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens are open to pedestrians and cyclists to encourage social distancing. Street locations and hours can be found here. (5/8)
  • A federal judge ordered New York State to hold Democratic presidential primary elections in June (5/6)
  • A new contest asks New Yorkers to create and share a video explaining why wearing a mask in public is important. Entries can be submitted at www.wearamask.ny.gov (5/6)
  • Governor Cuomo has extended the executive order allowing out-of-state medical professionals to continue practicing in New York State (5/6)
  • A collaboration with the Gates Foundation will develop a blueprint of what the new normal should look like for education, K-12 and college facilities. (5/5)
  • State monitors four core factors to determine if a region can re-open: new infections, healthcare capacity, diagnostic testing capacity, and contact tracing capacity (5/5)
  • Governor Cuomo outlines new safety precautions businesses must implement upon reopening to help lower the risk of spreading the virus (5/5)
  • All K-12 schools and college facilities statewide remain closed and continue to provide distance learning, meal delivery and childcare services for the remainder of the school year. (5/3)
  • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders 202.17 and 202.18 requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles (5/3)
  • New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are developing a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equipment and testing. (5/3)
  • School board elections and budget votes statewide have been delayed until June 9 (5/2)
  • Updated testing results show that 12.3% of New York State population has COVID-19 antibodies (5/2)
  • Governor Cuomo announces 35 counties without significant risk of COVID-19 surge in near future can now resume elective outpatient treatments. (5/1)
  • 1000 transit workers to be tested for antibodies to further determine spread among frontline workers. (5/1)
  • New York State-regulated health insurers will be required to waive cost-sharing (deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) for in-network mental health services for essential workers. (5/1)
  • The MTA has been directed to issue today a full plan on how it will clean and disinfect trains in response to reported deteriorations of conditions in subways (4/29)
  • The COVID-19 Maternity Task Force has released its recommendations to Cuomo to promote increased choice and access to safe maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations to allow one support person to accompany pregnant women, and to engage the community and create culturally-aware options (4/29)
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order that will allow elective surgeries to resume in 35 Upstate NY counties (4/29)
  • Governor Cuomo outlined a plan to reopen New York in phases, starting with construction and  manufacturing.  Business will reopen in different regions across New York as case numbers decrease (4/28)
  • New York is expanding testing criteria to allow NYPD and FDNY officers, first responders, health care workers, transit workers, and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they’re not symptomatic (4/28)
  • Governor Cuomo will sign an executive order authorizing all independent pharmacies across New York State to conduct COVID-19 testing (4/25)
  • In the face of a dangerous uptick of domestic violence incidents, a new domestic violence text program and new confidential online service will aid victims of abuse. New Yorkers in need of help or assistance can text 844-997-2121 or can go to the new confidential online site to reach a professional at www.opdv.ny.gov (4/24)
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order mandating the NYS Board of Elections automatically mail every New Yorker a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot (4/24)
  • A task force will develop a plan to authorize and certify additional birth centers to provide mothers with a safe alternative to already stressed hospitals. (4/23)
  • Governor Cuomo announced a partnership with federal government that will double testing capacity in New York State (4/22)
  • Today the State Department of Health will begin to conduct an antibody testing survey that will randomly sample 3,000 New Yorkers to estimate the percentage of the population that has already had COVID-19 and may now be immune. (4/20)
  • Governor Cuomo has announced that a blueprint to un-PAUSE New York will be implemented in coordination with other regional states. (4/20)
  • New Yorkers can obtain a marriage license remotely and any authorized officiant can perform marriage ceremonies using online video technology. (4/20)
  • Elective outpatient treatment can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge starting next week.
  • Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th. (4/17)
  • Governor Cuomo issued executive orders requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles. (4/17)
  • Low-income New Yorkers are encouraged to claim their Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act. (4/17)
  • $200 million will go towards an Emergency Food Assistance program for low-income families enrolled in SNAP. (4/10)
  • New COVID-19 testing facilities are opening downstate, primarily in minority communities. Residents who would like to be tested at these facilities must make an appointment by calling 888-364-3065. Testing site locations and hours or operation here. (4/10)
  • $600 in additional weekly unemployment benefits will be made available to all New Yorkers; and the period covered by unemployment benefits is being extended for another 13 weeks, for total of 39 weeks. (4/10)
  • Governor Cuomo has directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home for an additional two weeks through April 29th. (4/7)
  • Maximum fine for breaking social distancing protocols increased to $1000. (4/7)
  • In-person workforce restrictions, which have been implemented through various executive orders are also extended until April 15th. (4/7)
  • Statewide school closures are extended by two weeks until April 15. (4/7)
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage. (4/7)
  • New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling. (4/7)
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider. (4/7)
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns. (4/7)
  • 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. (3/25)
  • Non-essential gatherings are banned. (3/25)
  • New York City will be closing streets to vehicles and opening them to pedestrians. (3/25)
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for in-office visits. Online transactions are still available. License and permit expirations will be extended. (3/25)
  • All non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions. (3/25)
  • NY State on PAUSE (3/20):
    • All New York State non-essential employees MUST work from home, as per Governor Cuomo statement 3/20.  See above for “essential worker” definition.
    • Restaurants, bars and cafes are limited to food take-out and delivery. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol.
    • Casinos, gyms, nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses, concert and entertainment venues must all close.
    • All Personal Care Businesses: Salons, Barber Shops, Tattoo Parlors, etc. must close.
    • For more information: click here


NATIONWIDE

  • Pfizer confirms its coronavirus vaccine will not be ready before mid-November. To finish collecting safety and manufacturing data, Pfizer will not apply for emergency authorization of its vaccine before the third week of November. Check out the Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker for status updates on other clinical trials. (10/16)
  • CDC issues new guidance acknowledging that COVID-19 can spread through airborne particles, but confirms that the virus most frequently spreads through close contact with others. (10/5)
  • After a six month hiatus, federal prisons will allow relatives to visit inmates starting Saturday, October 3. (10/2)
  • The CDC issues guidelines for gatherings this Thanksgiving. (9/28)
  • CDC advises against traditional trick-or-treating and has issued guidelines on how to celebrate Halloween safely. (9/23)
  • The FDA gave emergency approval on Sunday, August 23rd for the expanded use of antibody-rich plasma to help hospitalized coronavirus patients. (8/24)
  • Updated guidance from the CDC states that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to three months as long as they don’t show symptoms again. (8/14)
  • Many colleges will not be requiring SAT or ACT test scores for applicants. (6/15)
  • The FDA plans to announce an emergency use authorization for remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug that is being tested in treating COVID-19 patients. (4/29)
  • The CDC has updated its travel recommendations by country.  For the updated map, click here. (4/28)
  • CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers. (4/26)
  • All drivers should stay in the vehicle when possible, and say six feet away from others (4/26)
  • President Trump issued temporary halt on issuing green cards (4/22)
  • Cloth face coverings: questions and answers here
  • How to protect yourself and others here
  • Travel FAQ here
  • Resources for businesses and employees here
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding FAQs here


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