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NYC Implements Large-Scale Pandemic Restrictions, Including Mandate for Private Sector Vaccines


On the morning of December 6, 2021, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced major extensions to the “Key to New York City” program. The city will issue additional guidelines on law enforcement and reasonable accommodation on December 15, 2021.


From December 27 all employees of private sector companies must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The requirement will be not be limited to firms in certain industries or by size of firm, and should apply to 184,000 firms. Mayor de Blasio will have five days in office when this new term takes effect, so it remains to be seen whether the term will remain in place. If left in place, the practical effect of this requirement is that it may encourage more employees to work remotely (depending on future directions). However, for many New York City employers, many unvaccinated employees may not be able to perform their duties remotely. Further details will be announced on December 15, 2021.

Complete proof of vaccination for indoor public activities

As of December 27, 2021, people 12 years of age and older participating in public indoor events in New York City will need to prove that they have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Indoor public activities include restaurants, food halls, hotel banquet halls, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, cafes, fast food outlets, grocery stores with indoor dining and other dining spaces interiors, gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, swimming pools, dance studios and other indoor fitness studios, such as yoga or Pilates, cinemas, concert and music halls, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, hotel meeting and event rooms, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, billiard and billiard halls, recreational play centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas.

Under previous New York guidelines, businesses can allow customers to enter premises without proof to use the restroom or for some other reason that will take a little time (for example, less than 10 minutes). These people should wear a face mask whenever they are unable to maintain a social distance of six feet from other people. Employees working at these sites should also be vaccinated.

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination dose for indoor public activities for children aged 5 to 11

As of December 14, 2021, children aged 5 to 11 must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination dose to participate in indoor public activities (see above for public indoor activities).

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination dose for extracurricular activities

As of December 14, 2021, children aged 5 to 11 will need a dose of COVID-19 vaccination to participate in high-risk extracurricular activities. This includes sports, marching band, orchestra and dance.

What type of proof will be required?

According to the program, acceptable proof of vaccination includes a CDC-issued vaccination card, New York State Excelsior Pass, Clear Health Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe app. NYC Guidance also explains that an official vaccination record, or photo or hard copy of an official immunization record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for any of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca / SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India / COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac is sufficient.

And then ?

Additional guidance, once released on December 15, 2021, will be helpful. However, given the short time frame (eight days) between the date the guidelines were issued and the date of the application, it is best to start exploring how program expansions will affect your business with your employment counselor.