New York State Issues Mask or Vaccine Requirement, Effective Dec. 13th
On Friday, December 10, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that effective Monday, December 13, 2021 masks will be required in all indoor settings unless the business or venue has implemented a vaccine requirement. Businesses that elect to implement a vaccine mandate must see proof of full vaccination (meaning 14 days after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine). Acceptable proof of vaccination includes New York's Excelsior Pass, SMART Health Cards, or a CDC Vaccination Card.
Businesses that do not comply with this requirement will be subject to a maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.
These rules apply to "indoor public place[s]," which means any indoor space that is not a private residence. An organization's office space would be included within this definition. This mandate goes into effect on Monday, December 13 and remains in effect until Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Organizations have two paths to compliance only:
Organizations cannot comply with these new standards with a combination of vaccination and masking - it must be all one or all the other. That means that organizations may not exempt vaccinated individuals from masking rules unless there is an across-the-board vaccine mandate. The Vaccination Mandate Path to Compliance:
The Masking Mandate Path to Compliance:
Health Commissioner's Determination: Please find the Health Commissioner's December 10, 2021 - Determination on Indoor Masking Pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.60.
Frequently Asked Questions: Proof of Full Vaccination or Mask Requirement for Businesses and Venues