Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 3:00 pm, September 1, 2021
What You Need to Know

Reopening

As of June 15, 2021, over 70 percent of adult New Yorkers had received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and the rate of new COVID-19 cases in New York State had plummeted to the lowest levels in the nation. Given New York’s progress and the diminished risk of COVID-19 within the community, the state disaster emergency ended as of Friday, June 25.

Industry partners should refer to New York Forward Guidance for the most up-to-date information. Industry specific guidance developed by the Department in response to the pandemic is no longer mandatory and is archived below. These archived documents are made available as a public reference and resource only. 

As a reminder, businesses are free to choose to lift all or some restrictions, continue to adhere to the State's archived guidance, or implement other health precautions for their employees and patrons. Businesses are also authorized to require masks and six feet of social distancing for employees and patrons within their establishments, regardless of vaccination status.  

Any mask requirements that businesses choose to implement must adhere to applicable federal and state laws and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Vaccination

All New Yorkers age 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine. 

When eligible, those interested in receiving the vaccine must obtain an appointment to do so. To obtain an appointment you must call the COVID-19 vaccination hotline (1-833-NYS-4-VAX) or visit https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/.

For further information on the vaccine, please visit ny.gov/vaccine.

Resources
Archived Guidance: Food Retail Businesses

Industry partners should refer to New York Forward Guidance for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. The industry specific guidance below was developed by the Department in response to the pandemic and is no longer mandatory. These archived documents are made available as a public reference and resource only. For more information, please visit the "What You Should Know" section at the top of this page.

Resources
Archived Guidance: Horticulture and Landscaping Businesses

Industry partners should refer to New York Forward Guidance for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. 

The industry specific guidance below was developed by the Department in response to the pandemic and is no longer mandatory. These archived documents are made available as a public reference and resource only.

For more information, please visit the "What You Should Know" section at the top of this page.

Resources
Archived Guidance: Animal Care

Industry partners should refer to New York Forward Guidance for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. The industry specific guidance below was developed by the Department in response to the pandemic and is no longer mandatory. These archived documents are made available as a public reference and resource only. For more information, please visit the "What You Should Know" section at the top of this page.

Resources
Charitable Organizations
Nourish NY

Nourish NY is rerouting surplus agricultural products to populations who need them most through New York's network of food banks.

Drive-Through Events

If you are interested in hosting a charitable food drive-through event in response COVID-19, please read the guidance below.