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New York State has adopted the CDC's "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People" for most businesses and public settings. For specific details, please visit New York Forward.

A note on masks: While the state is following CDC guidance on mask wearing and social distancing:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks in most settings. New York State has authorized businesses to continue to require masks for everyone in their establishments. Please be sure to carry a mask as you may be required to wear it at individual venues and businesses and it is still required on all forms of public transportation.

  • Unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in all public settings under both CDC and New York State guidance. 

“Fully vaccinated” is defined as two or more weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Individual private venues have the ability to add additional guidelines to the state guidelines including mask and vaccination requirements.  

The New York State Excelsior Pass offers anyone vaccinated in New York State a convenient, free, and secure method of displaying their vaccination through a mobile app or printed pass.

People aged 12 or older residing in the U.S. are currently eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in New York State.


New York State has a travel advisory in effect. For the latest information on recommended testing and other protocols for entry into the state for domestic and international travelers, please visit the NYS Department of Health Travel Advisory page.COVID-19 travel advisory


Most business capacity restrictions have been removed in New York. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions and amenities are open and available.

For specific guidance, please visit New York Forward


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