Policy Updates



RECENT CHANGES




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

As of Thursday, May 13

As of Tuesday, May 11

As of Thursday, May 6
  • For vaccinated people: normal seating with masks and children under 16 can accompany
  • For unvaccinated people: 6 foot distancing with masks and 33% capacity in these sections.


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NEW YORK STATE
Source: New York State Guidelines

As of Thursday, May 13

As of Tuesday, May 11
  • MTA stations throughout NYC and in the Long Island and Mid-Hudson regions will have walk-in pop-up vaccine sites from May 12 - May 16. Individuals who get vaccinated at these sites will receive a free seven-day MetroCard.

As of Thursday, May 6

NATIONWIDE 

As of Thursday, May 13

As of Tuesday, May 11

As of Tuesday, April 27
  • The CDC released new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated. The new guidelines ease requirements for maskless indoor and outdoor gatherings as well as self-quarantine. Crowded outdoor spaces and most indoor activities still require masks. View the full list of new guidelines by clicking here.
  • The CDC and FDA have recommended the continued use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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

POLICIES IN EFFECT


NEW YORK CITYRed: 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Outdoor youth sports on NYC athletic fields will be allowed to resume Tuesday, September 15th. (8/28)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Mayor De Blasio announces new testing partnerships to expand the city´s free testing capacity. (07/13)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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
  • Starting May 19, capacity limits will be lifted for most businesses outside NYC, including retail stores, restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness centers, recreational venues, hair salons, and offices. (5/4)
  • Curfew for outdoor dining areas will be lifted May 17 and May 31 for indoor dining areas. (4/26)
  • Curfew for catered events where attendees are vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 will be lifted May 17 and curfew for all catered events will be lifted May 31. (4/26)
  • Starting May 3, seating at bars will be allowed in New York City. (4/26)
  • Starting May 15, offices can increase capacity from 50% to 75%, casinos from 25% to 50% and gyms and fitness clubs outside of NYC from 33% to 50%. (4/26)
  • All state-run mass vaccination sites accommodate walk-in appointments for individuals aged 16 and older. In NYC this includes Javits Center, Yankee Stadium, Medger Evers, York College, and Aqueduct. (4/29)
  • Spectators are allowed at horse and auto races at 20% capacity. (4/22)
  • Restaurants and bars around the state can stay open until midnight. (4/19) Curfew for catered events extended to 1 am. (4/19)
  • Asymptomatic travellers are no longer required to quarantine after entering New York. (4/13)
  • Beginning May 1, indoor and outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies are allowed with limited capacity. (4/13)
  • The 11 p.m. statewide curfew in place for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiards halls and gyms is no longer in effect. (4/8)
  • ALL New Yorkers ages 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (4/6)
  • Collegiate sports can bring back fans to the stands April 2 at 10% capacity indoors and 20% capacity outdoors. (4/1)
  • Vaccines eligibility expands to all incarcerated individuals. (4/1)
  • The open enrollment period for uninsured New Yorkers has been extended through December 31, 2021. New Yorkers can apply for coverage through NY State of Health or directly through insurers. (3/25)
  • Starting April 1st, regional sports venues that hold 1,500+ people indoors can reopen at 10% capacity and venues that hold 2,500+ people outdoors can reopen at 20% capacity. (3/18)
  • Starting April 1st, large outdoor performing arts venues that hold 2,500+ people can reopen at 20% capacity. (3/18)
  • Indoor fitness classes can resume statewide on Monday, March 22. (3/18)
  • The state will lift its 11 p.m. curfew for casinos, movie theaters, bowling alleys, billiard halls, gyms and fitness centers on April 5. (3/18)
  • Wedding receptions and catered events can resume statewide under strict health and safety protocols. Detailed guidance available here. (3/16)
  • Starting April 1, domestic travelers will not be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or territory. They will still be required to fill out the Traveler Health Form upon arrival. (3/11)
  • Restaurants outside New York City can operate at 75% capacity starting March 19. Those in New York City will remain capped at 35% capacity. (3/9)
  • New York expands its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to: individuals 60 years of age and older starting March 10 & Government employees, nonprofit workers, essential building service workers starting March 17 (3/9)
  • Beginning March 22, New York city will see the following changes in gathering limits: Limit for residential gatherings increases to 25 people outdoors and remained capped at 10 people indoors. Limit for nonresidential social gatherings increases to 100 people indoors and 200 people outdoors. Beginning April 2, events, arts, and entertainment venues can open at 33% capacity: up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees show proof of a negative test before entry, capacity can increase to 150 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. (3/4)
  • Domestic travelers to New York State who have been vaccinated no longer have to quarantine or test out within 90 days of their full vaccination. (3/4)
  • Three mass vaccination sites statewide will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines overnight for those who are eligible: Yankee Stadium is open for overnight vaccinations (8pm-7am) and vaccinations are reserved for Bronx residents. People can schedule their appointments on somosvaccinations.com or by calling 1-833-SOMOSNY (1-833-677-6769)Javits Center opens for overnight vaccinations (9pm-6am) Friday 3/5.State Fair opens for overnight vaccinations (10pm-6am) Friday 3/5.
  • The State Vaccine Task Force unanimously recommends the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and expects 164,800 doses this week. (3/2)
  • Cuomo announces 12 new community-based pop-up vaccination sites which are expected to vaccinate 3,700 people throughout the week. These will be re-established three weeks later to administer second doses. (2/25)
  • Visitations to nursing homes can begin on February 26 under expanded state guidelines. (2/23)
  • Beginning March 5, billiard halls can reopen statewide with the following guidelines: Halls restricted to 50% capacity outside NYC and 35% capacity in NYCMasks required except when seated and eating or drinking (2/23)
  • Beginning Friday, March 26, indoor family entertainment centers can open at 25% capacity. (2/18)
  • Beginning Friday, April 9, outdoor amusement parks can open at 33% capacity. (2/18)
  • Sports and entertainment events in major stadiums and arenas with a capacity of 10,000 or more reopen with limited spectators starting February 23. (2/11)
  • Starting February 14, New Yorkers with comorbidities and underlying conditions can make appointments at state-run mass vaccination sites and will need to provide proof of their comorbidities and underlying conditions. (2/9)
  • Because the state is receiving more vaccines, the 1B vaccination group expands to include taxi drivers, restaurant workers, and developmentally disabled facilities. (2/2)
  • Governor Cuomo announces that all orange zone restrictions and some yellow zone restrictions have been lifted statewide. In New York City, yellow zones remain in Washington Heights, the Bronx, and Queens. See restrictions for yellow zones here. (1/28)
  • New Yorkers who suspect fraud in the vaccine distribution process can report by calling 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) or emailing STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov. (1/26)
  • The new COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard updates New Yorkers on vaccine distribution, which includes doses received by the state and number of people with first and second doses in each region. (1/26)
  • Governor Cuomo announces eight community vaccination kits deployed to churches and cultural centers in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. (1/19)
  • Teachers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (1/19)
  • Governor Cuomo announces the first five community vaccination kits are deployed to NYCHA housing developments across all five boroughs in New York City. NYCHA residents can make an appointment by calling 1-833-SOMOSNY. (1/15)
  • Cuomo announces five state-run vaccination sites are scheduled to open. The Jacob  K. Javits Center, Westchester County Center, and New York State Fair Expo Center opened January 13 at 8 am. Sites at Jones Beach and SUNY Albany open January 14 and 15. All vaccines are by appointment only. (1/13)
  • Those in vaccination group 1B are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to see if you’re eligible or call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829). (1/11)
  • Because group 1B contains over 4 million eligible individuals and the state is receiving 300,000 doses per week, New Yorkers can expect to wait up to 14 weeks to receive an appointment. (1/11)
  • Cuomo announces that starting Monday, January 11, those in group 1B will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. This includes frontline essential workers, daycare workers, firefighters, police and correction officers, and those above the age of 75. (1/8)
  • New York State confirms its first case of the more contagious COVID-19 strain in a 60-year old man from Saratoga Springs who had no travel history. (1/4)
  • Governor Cuomo says schools can stay open even if the region exceeds a 9% positivity rate as long as the in-school testing shows positivity rates below the community average. It will be up to individual school districts to decide if they want to keep schools open. (1/4)
  • Governor Cuomo signs executive order to extend the requirement that death benefits for family members of frontline workers be extended an additional 30 days. (1/1)
  • Governor Cuomo announces updated quarantine guidelines for New York which are consistent with the latest CDC recommendations. Under these guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can and their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms were reported during the quarantine period. (12/30)
  • The state legislature passes law which prevents residential evictions and foreclosure proceedings related to the COVID-19 pandemic from occurring until May 1, 2021. (12/30)
  • Vaccine eligibility this week expands to urgent care center employees, those administering the vaccine, and residents of OASAS facilities. (12/28)
  • Governor Cuomo issues executive order increasing penalties on health care providers that intentionally disregard vaccine prioritization protocols. Providers could be fined up to $1 million and have their state licenses revoked. (12/28)
  • In the wake of a new contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus found in the United Kingdom, Virgin, Delta, and British Airways have agreed to require a COVID-19 test before allowing passengers to board planes traveling from the United Kingdom to New York. (12/23)
  • Visit ny.gov/vaccine to get the facts on the COVID-19 Vaccine in New York. (12/16)
  • Sandra Lindsay, ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, receives first COVID-19 vaccine in the nation. (12/14)
  • New state guidelines allow gyms and salons to operate in orange zones at 25% capacity and with weekly employee testing. (12/11)
  • The New York State Department of Health will begin implementing the state’s “surge and flex” protocol, which requires hospitals to expand their bed capacity by 25% to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations. (12/9)
  • Governor Cuomo announces he will be signing an executive order which expands eligibility for New York State’s COVID Rent Relief Program and reopens the application window. (12/4)
  • The state will partner with Prescryptive Health to launch 150 new rapid testing sites statewide. These sites will be searchable on the state’s COVID test site website and on www.prescryptive.com. (12/4)
  • Governor Cuomo announces five strategies to combat COVID-19:Hospital capacity is the main concern. Increase and balance testing Keep schools (special education & K-8) open when safeSmall gatherings are the #1 cause for spread – alert the public. Get ready for vaccine distribution (11/30)
  • Read New York State’s draft COVID-19 Vaccination Administration Program. (11/27)
  • New York State launches Find Services, a new web application that helps struggling New Yorkers get access to social programs. Users first answer a series of questions to narrow down the services relevant to them, then the website provides a list of services and information on how to apply. (11/16)
  • Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, New York State will temporarily stop jury service starting Monday, November 16. Pending trials will continue to be held in person, but new trials and hearings will be fully virtual. (11/13)
  • Beginning November 13 at 10 p.m., indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences must not have more than 10 people. (11/11)
  • New statewide travel restrictions take effect today. See detailed guidelines here. (11/4)
  • Governor Cuomo announces New York is moving away from the Tri-State Travel Advisory List and will instead mandate that anyone visiting from another state must test negative or quarantine for 14 days with the exception of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania residents. (11/2)
  • New travel guidelines in effect November 4 will allow out-of-state travelers to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours, they must: Get tested within three days of leaving the other stateQuarantine in New York for three daysGet re-tested on the 4th day of their quarantine. If both tests come back negative, travelers can exit quarantine. (11/2)
  • New York counties will not be able to require that masks be worn at all times in both public and private schools. (10/30)
  • Non-essential interstate travel between Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania is discouraged. (10/21)
  • 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 COVID-19 rapid testing will be available in every county in New York State. (10/9)
  • 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)
  • The state launches the school COVID-19 Report Card where parents can monitor positive cases in their child’s school and neighborhood. (9/25)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Governor Cuomo Announces $1.5 Million for ‘Feeding New York State’ to Assist Food Insecure New Yorkers and State’s Farmers. (7/22)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Air conditioning filters capable of filtering COVID-19 particles will be mandatory for mall reopening (7/1)
  • 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)
  • 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. (6/17)
  • Governor Cuomo signed legislation making it illegal for employers to punish employees who report a violation of COVID-19 regulations. (6/17)
  • 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)
  • The State Department of Health allows midwife-led birthing centers in New York. (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Nassau County has been cleared to resume elective surgeries (5/20)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 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.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)


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