NYC - The Official Guide

Coronavirus Information and Resources

While New York City is open and vaccinations have been a boon to everyday life and local business, Covid-19 remains a reality for all of us. Below you’ll find the most useful and current information for navigating the five boroughs, plus plenty of resources for planning ahead.

NYC Updates

Governor Hochul announced that beginning February 10, 2022, mask wearing will no longer be mandated by the state in indoor public places, and that schools, as of March 2, will no longer require masking. Mayor Adams has followed by announcing that the City will also lift the mask mandate for schools beginning March 7 and that the Key to NYC initiative—which required patrons ages 5 and older to show proof of vaccination for indoor activities at restaurants, bars, gyms, cultural venues and entertainment facilities—will be suspended as well. Individual businesses may, however, continue to require masks and proof of vaccination at their own discretion. As well, the lifting of the mandate does not extend to public transit and transit-related spaces, including the subway, airports and bus and train stations. For more information, visit ny.gov. Also, testing protocols for incoming international travelers were tightened in recent months. See the “International Travel” section below for details. 

Vaccinations

In December 2021, City Hall announced a vaccine mandate for all private employers in New York City. This went into effect December 27: employees who work in person must have one dose of the vaccine and follow that with a second dose within 45 days. The recent changes by the Governor and Mayor do not affect this requirement. Those who work remotely will not be required to get the vaccine.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone 18 and older get a booster shot five months after receiving a two-course doseModerna vaccines and two months after receiving a single dose of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine; if you received the Pfizer vaccine, a booster is recommended for everyone 12 and older. For more information, visit cdc.gov.

Masking

Governor Hochul announced in February 2022 that the state mandate for masks to be worn in indoor public places was being lifted. Businesses may still choose to implement the mandate, and the mask requirement remains in effect for public transit, Broadway theaters and a number of additional locations, such as health-care facilities. 

Broadway

Most Broadway shows are ongoing or have scheduled dates in the near future to resume their runs. To help consumers, the Broadway League has launched BwayToday.com, featuring updated schedules of all the shows playing on Broadway this season. This resource also provides access to each Broadway show’s website for more information. All listings include the most current information on performance times and reflect any cancellations.

Broadway theaters in New York City will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew and staff, for all performances through April 2022. Any FDA- or WHO-approved vaccine applies. For international travelers, mixed doses, meaning a combination of an FDA- or WHO-approved vaccines, are acceptable. Masks are also required for audiences inside theaters, except while eating or drinking in designated locations.

Children ages 5 and older, when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, may enter the theater as long as they can produce proof of full vaccination.

Children under 5, when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, may enter the theater as long as they can produce one of the following:
• A negative Covid-19 PCR test performed by a medical provider within 72 hours of the performance start time
• A negative Covid-19 rapid antigen test taken within six hours of the performance start time

For more information, visit broadway.org.

MTA

The NYC subway continues to operate with 24-hour service. Riders must continue to wear masks. For more information, visit mta.info.

International Travel

As of November 8, 2021, international travelers may once again enter the country to visit New York City. All travelers over the age of 18 must be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination occurs two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as FDA- or WHO-approved mixed doses, also qualify.

Testing Requirements
President Biden recently announced the requirement that all inbound international travelers 2 years or older, regardless of vaccination status, must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test result within the 24 hours prior to departure (this one-day rule took the place of the previous 72-hour-advance regulation). Either a rapid antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (like a PCR test) will be accepted. For more information, visit cdc.gov.

As of January 22, 2022, both essential and nonessential travelers who enter the States by crossing land borders or arriving by port must provide proof of full vaccination. We will continue to update this page as requirements evolve.

For the latest on international travel requirements, visit cdc.gov.

How to Get Vaccinated

Covid-19 vaccines are available in NYC to all US residents who are 5 and older, including domestic visitors to the five boroughs. Those who are ages 5 through 17 are only eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is a two-dose regimen with at least 21 days between shots.

There are many ways to get vaccinated:

  • New York City offers this comprehensive vaccine-finder tool, updated on a rolling basis, which includes links to local vaccination centers and pharmacies.
  • You may call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692) to schedule an appointment and for more information.
  • A number of sites across the five boroughs are now offering walk-up appointments. You can see these here.
  • New York State operates vaccination centers across the City, including those at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens and Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Book appointments here.
  • See other appointments nationwide with the CDC’s vaccine-finder tool.

To allow visitors access to the vaccine, the City operates a limited number of pop-up vaccination hubs in areas around the five boroughs, including near movie theaters, libraries and transit stops; locations may change from week to week. For a list of walk-up sites and for more information, visit nyc.gov.

How to Get Tested

Covid-19 testing is widely available throughout New York City. A number of resources can assist in scheduling PCR or rapid-antigen tests:

New York State Guidance

Restrictions remain in effect for large-scale indoor event venues (more than 5,000 attendees), such as attendees needing to show vaccination status or negative test results. Proof of full vaccination status can be provided through paper form, digital application or the New York State Excelsior Pass. Unvaccinated or unknown-vaccination-status individuals who are over the age of 4 must present proof of a recent negative diagnostic Covid-19 test result. Masks are recommended.

For more information, visit ny.gov.