Today, Gov. Hochul announced that masks will be required in all indoor public places across New York State unless businesses or venues have a vaccine requirement. The Governor stated that the mandate is being implemented to prevent a holiday surge of Covid-19 cases.

The new measure starts on Monday, December 13, and will be re-evaluated on January 15, 2022.

Businesses that ask for proof of vaccination can accept Excelsior Pass, Excelsior Pass Plus, SMART Health Cards issued outside of New York state, or a CDC vaccination card.

Businesses that implement a mask requirement must require all customers 2 years and older to wear a mask while indoors. Providers should ensure that they are enforcing the masking requirements for vendors and visitors to their offices and/or verifying vaccination status.

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