By: Anna Avruchevsky, Partner at Klein Greco & Associates LLP
This past year has been difficult, but now we all have a reason to celebrate and just in time for summer; Governor Cuomo announced that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted immediately!
New York has reached 70% vaccination rates and so we have been rewarded with the lifting of New York’s COVID restrictions. New York’s specific guidelines, including but not limited to, social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing—are now optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barber shops and personal care services, among other commercial settings.
Businesses are free to choose to lift all or some restrictions, continue to adhere to the State’s archived guidance, or implement other health precautions for their employees and patrons. Any mask requirements that businesses choose to implement must adhere to applicable federal and state laws and regulations, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Unvaccinated individuals, indoor venues (over 5,000 patrons), public transit and other businesses such as nursing homes must still follow CDC guidelines as they pertain to mask wearing and other health precautions.
For more information on the COVID guidelines and restrictions and how they apply to you, your building and your business, please do not hesitate to contact us at Klein Greco & Associates LLP.
Anna Avruchevsky, Esq. is a Partner at Klein Greco & Associates LLP. She is a trusted advisor to entities, individuals and cooperative and condominium boards. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.