Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated: 1:30 pm, January 11, 2021
What You Need to Know
Mask Mandate

On December 10, 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced face masks must be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This is a major action to address the winter surge comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide to be in alignment with the CDC's recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission.  Learn more at the Department of Health's website and read “Frequently Asked Questions: Proof of Full Vaccination or Mask Requirement for Businesses and Venues”.

New York Forward

The state disaster emergency issued in response to COVID-19 ended June 25, 2021.

Industry partners should refer to New York Forward for the most up-to-date guidance. 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 may continue to adhere to the State's archived guidance to the extent it does not conflict with new or existing guidance. 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.

Additional Information

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.

Restaurant Resiliency

The Restaurant Resiliency Program sets aside $25 million to provide grants to restaurants that offer meals and other food-related items to New Yorkers within distressed or underrepresented communities.