Updated Vaccine Mandate Guidance

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Vaccination Requirement: Key to NYC

Children ages 5 to 11 are now required to have proof of vaccination for the public indoor activities described further below. They must show they have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Starting December 27, people 12 and older participating in the below public indoor activities will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Starting January 28, 2022, children ages 5 to 11 must also show proof of full vaccination.

People 5 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for:

Indoor dining

Includes restaurants, catering halls, hotel banquet rooms, bars, nightclubs, cafeterias, coffee shops, fast food restaurants, grocery stores with indoor dining and other indoor dining spaces

Indoor fitness

Includes gyms, fitness centers, fitness classes, pools, dance studios and other indoor fitness studios, such as yoga or Pilates

Indoor entertainment and certain meeting spaces

Includes movie theaters, music and concert venues, museums, aquariums and zoos, professional sports arenas, indoor stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, hotel meeting and event spaces, performing arts theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, pool and billiard halls, recreational game centers, adult entertainment and indoor play areas

People 18 and older are also required to show identification along with their proof of vaccination. These requirements — called the Key to NYC — also means employees working at these locations must be vaccinated.

To report a location that is not following these requirements, call 311.

Complying with Key to NYC Requirements

If your business is covered by this requirement, you are required to check the vaccination status of all staff and customers 5 and older.

You may not permit entry to anyone 5 and older who has not received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, unless an exception in the Executive Order for Key to NYC or the Frequently Asked Questions document applies. You can allow customers to use the bathroom or for another reason that will take a small amount of time.

Find the requirements for complying with Key to NYC, as well as the required printable signage, FAQs, and more at nyc.gov/keytonyc.


Vaccination Requirement: Workplaces

Beginning December 27, workers in New York City who perform in-person work or interact with the public in the course of business must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers will then have 45 days to show proof of their second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines).

Businesses may not allow any unvaccinated workers to come to their workplace. A workplace is considered any location — including a vehicle — where you work in the presence of at least one other person.

You can show you have received the COVID-19 vaccine with the same proofs of vaccination that are accepted for Key to NYC.

Additional Resources

Information for Businesses

Businesses must verify and keep a record of each worker’s proof of vaccination by December 27. Learn about the three options for recording proof of vaccination at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.

Non-employee workers, such as contractors, must provide vaccination proof to their employers. Businesses may request that a contractor’s employer confirm proof of vaccination. Businesses must then keep a log of these requests and the confirmations they receive. More information about the types of records that are permitted can be found at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.

By December 27, businesses must complete a certificate affirming they are in compliance with this requirement and post it in a public place. You can find a downloadable certificate at nyc.gov/vaxtowork.

Businesses should be prepared to make their records available for inspection.

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