Social Distancing

June 15, 2021 Update

On June 15, 2021,Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted immediately as 70 percent of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received the first dose of their COVID-19 vaccination series. The State's health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines—including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—are now optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and personal care services, among other commercial settings. 
Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidance. Consistent with the State's implementation of the recent CDC guidance, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals. Further, the State's health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings per CDC guidelines.

Social Distancing for the Fully Vaccinated

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

(Updated 6/18/2021)

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Social Distancing and Prevention of COVID-19

Social Distancing is Morphing into Physical Distancing and Social Connection Via Technology. Physical distancing added to other measures will help decrease your risk of COVID-19.

The Power of Social DistancingSocial distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying (physically) at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. While this physical distance is very important, remaining socially connected to others has wonderful benefits for our mental health. We encourage you to use technology like, skype or Facetime to connect with others.  

On March 27, 2020 New York State Governor, Cuomo released executive orders keeping only essential businesses or entities open during this difficult. time. For a list of the essential businesses that are remaining open, Essential Businesses

(Updated 3/31/2020)