COVID-19 during the Holiday Season
On November 26th, 2021 the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new COVID-19 strain, B.1.1.529 or Omicron, as a strain of concern. Officials are strongly urging caution of the variant due to its high rate of transmission and high rate of mutation.
In New York State, masks are once again required in indoor, public settings unless they require proof of vaccination. The measure will take effect Dec. 13 and run through Jan. 15, 2022 as per Governor Hochul’s office.
Track the spread
You can track the spread of the omicron variant and others on the NYC Health Website
Learn how to stay safe
Take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including:
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell, have recently tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed recently
- Get vaccinated, including a booster shot if eligible
- Wear a mask indoors and on mass transit
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
Read more tips and suggestions on how to have a COVID-19 friendly holiday gathering here
You should get tested for COVID-19 before and after holiday travel or if you think you may have been exposed at a gathering, even if you are vaccinated. Find a testing location near you.
Posters and Flyers
If you are in need of updated posters or resources for your retail business or restaurant, please see here