Governor Cuomo Opens New York – Adopts CDC Guidelines for Vaccinated Individuals

At his recent press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will adopt the CDC’s new mask and social distancing guidelines for vaccinated people beginning today.  The Governor stated:

“New Yorkers have worked hard over the last year to prevent the spread of COVID and keep each other safe… That work has paid off and we are ecstatic to take this next step in the reopening of our beautiful state. The people of New York and visitors alike should take solace in the lifting of mask requirements, but be respectful of those who may still feel safest wearing their mask in public and business owners who may still ask patrons to don their mask. We are ever closer to our better, safer New York. We are New York tough and we have proven it.”

Under the new guidance:

  • Business Capacity Rules

As previously announced, most business capacities — which are currently based upon percentage of maximum occupancy — will be removed on May 19.  Businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet.

However, given that the CDC has advised that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to maintain social distance; businesses may eliminate the 6 feet of required social distancing, and therefore increase capacity, only if all patrons within the establishment — or a separate designated part of the establishment — present proof of full vaccination status.

  • Outdoor Curfew: Effective today, curfew for outdoor food and beverage lifted
  • Indoor Curfew: Effective May 31, indoor food and beverage curfew lifted
  • Outdoor Limit: Outdoor gathering limit already increased to 500
  • Indoor Limit: Indoor event limit increased to 250 – masks recommended unless attendees prove vaccination status
  • Residential Indoor Limit: Indoor residential gatherings increased to 50

To see the Governor’s press release outlining the new policy click HERE.

For the new CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals click HERE.


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