Following December and January’s spike in cases due to the Omicron variant in New York City, COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly fall locally.
Public health restrictions continue to ease. On Thursday, February 10th, Governor Hochul lifted the statewide mask mandate for most indoor public places that don’t require vaccination. On Sunday, February 27th, the Governor announced an end to statewide school mask mandate on March 2, and Mayor Adams has announced that on March 7 New York City is ending the Key to NYC program which requires proof of vaccination at restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters, as well as the school mask mandate, if cases remain low.
As of February 22, vaccinations are available to all populations aged 5 years and older and booster shots are strongly recommended for all fully vaccinated adults. Learn where you can receive a vaccine.
In-home vaccinations are now available in NYC. You can select any of the three vaccines at no cost and with no questions about immigration status. To request your in-home vaccination, go to: http://nyc.gov/homevaccine or call 877-VAX-4NYC.
On January 30th, Mayor Adams announced New York City will deliver antiviral pills to treat COVID-19 for free to residents who test positive and are at high risk for serious illness.
Find a free NYC Health + Hospitals testing site near you. The NYC COVID-19 Test Finder lists additional testing locations. Governor Hochul, the Mayor’s office, and President Biden have all recently announced efforts to expand testing availability.
Furthermore, beginning December 27, 2021, a vaccine mandate requiring all private sector employees to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is in effect. More information can be found here.
On December 27th, the CDC updated its guidance regarding isolation and quarantine time.
The SoHo Broadway Initiative team is here to help guide the SoHo Broadway community through this challenging time; please contact us with any questions.