STATEN ISLAND, NY – Wednesday marks the start of New York State’s return to a new normal amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would begin adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that allow fully vaccinated people to no longer wear masks indoors and outdoors, regardless the size of the crowd.
So, if you are fully vaccinated against the virus, you won’t have to mask yourself in almost every indoor and outdoor situation across the state.
The governor’s announcement comes after the CDC said last Thursday that fully vaccinated people can resume activities they carried out before the pandemic without wearing masks or moving away, except when required by laws, rules and regulations. federal, state, local, tribal or territorial regulations. , including advice on local businesses and the workplace
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You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson.
You won’t need a mask in stores, restaurants, gyms, lounges and more
You will be able to ditch a mask in commercial environments, such as retail, food service, restaurants, offices, gyms and fitness centers, family entertainment and entertainment, hair salons, salons hairdressing and other personal care services, among others, unless otherwise specified. other.
Some retailers, like Target, Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, and Starbucks, will no longer need masks for their customers who are fully vaccinated.
But while the state no longer enforces masks, some organizations and private businesses – such as restaurants and retailers – may or may not still require a mask, even for fully vaccinated people.
Be sure to check with your local company, dealer, or other commercial establishment regarding mask protocols. Signage on doors before entering a location can also indicate whether masks are needed for fully vaccinated people.
Hit the stadium or catch a show
In New York State, there will be fully vaccinated sections for large-scale outdoor event venues starting Wednesday – applying to outdoor sports, performing arts and entertainment, as well as horse and car racing venues throughout the state.
Fully immunized participants can be spaced next to each other, instead of six feet from each other, in assigned seating sections that are designated only for fully immunized individuals. Those seated in these sections will be required to show proof of their full immunization status, which can be provided through a paper form, digital application or Excelsior Pass.
The New York Yankees and New York Mets will have fully vaccinated sections for their fans this season at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.
Starting May 22, both NBA teams will have fully vaccinated fan sections, which will increase the capacity of their upcoming home playoff games at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center to 50%.
You will still need a mask in healthcare settings
Do not throw away all of your masks and face coatings yet.
You will always need to wear one in health care settings, such as hospitals or nursing homes. Your local health care provider or emergency care centers may still need masks. Fully vaccinated people should also wear a properly fitted mask in penitentiaries and homeless shelters, the CDC said.
Wear one on public transport
Traveling via public transportation will always require a mask, including on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation to, within, or outside the United States. This also includes transportation hubs like airports and train stations.
The MTA still requires masks on its buses, subways and trains.
Schools recommended to keep masks
School staff and students are also recommended to wear a mask and physically distance themselves until the end of this current school year. The CDC will provide more up-to-date guidance to school districts for the 2021-2022 school year.
Cuomo said on Wednesday that face covers will still be needed in daycares, child care centers and camp programs for people who are not vaccinated. Children and campers over 2 years of age and staff who are not fully immunized should wear a mask except when eating, drinking, showering, swimming, or sleeping / resting.
The courthouse will always need masks
The justice system has returned to normal operation with full staffing throughout the state.
But coronavirus safety protocols will not change, which means all judges, staff, lawyers and courthouse visitors must still wear a mask, whether or not they have been vaccinated.
Additionally, COVID-19 testing, temperature checks and social distancing will remain in place.
If you are inside
You are more at risk of contracting the coronavirus indoors than outdoors.
As such, the state Department of Health strongly recommends masks in indoor environments where the immunization status of individuals is unknown.
If you are not fully vaccinated
If it has been less than two weeks since your series of vaccines or if you are not planning to be vaccinated, you will still need to follow the health and safety instructions.
Unvaccinated people, under the direction of the CDC and the state, should wear a mask in all public places.
If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends that you continue to follow health and safety protocols, such as wearing a face mask, social distancing, quarantine after exposure and infection, and coronavirus screening.