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NYC: What to Know Now

In this ever-evolving situation, it can be hard to keep up with the latest guidance. Here’s what you need to know to navigate NYC right now: 

  • Beginning in July, Broadway theaters will no longer require that audience members wear masks inside the venues; masking is, however, still encouraged. 
  • As of June 12, inbound international travelers will no longer need to show proof of a recent negative Covid test to fly to the US. 
  • After a month-plus of being in a “high” alert phase for Covid-19 transmission rates, the City, as of June 22, is in a "medium" alert for virus spread. Masks are suggested in indoor spaces where the vaccination status is unknown, and they represent the best-known way, along with vaccinations, boosters and common-sense precautions among those most at risk, to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • As of February 10, the state lifted the requirements that all individuals in New York City wear masks at public places indoors, though businesses and localities are allowed to enforce their own mandates, and masks are still required on public transit, at Broadway theaters and a number of other establishments.
  • As of March 7, the requirement to show proof of vaccination for indoor activities at restaurants, museums, gyms, recreational facilities and a number of other establishements was lifted in New York City. Employees of private businesses are still required to be vaccinated. 
  • The subway is running 24/7. Riders must continue to wear masks. Learn more here.
  • Broadway shows have resumed at full capacity. While the vaccination requirement for audience members, performers, backstage crew and staff has been lifted, masks will still be required inside theaters (except while eating or drinking in designated locations) through the end of May. Learn more here.
  • The program allowing restaurants to take advantage of closed streets and sidewalk space for outdoor dining is now permanent. Learn more here.
  • To facilitate social distancing in the City, Open Streets has brought 67 miles of street-traffic closures, sidewalk widening and additional bike lanes, with the goal of expanding to 100 miles in order to increase public space and serve the hardest-hit communities. Learn more here.

There are many ways to get vaccinated in NYC:

  • 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 pop-up vaccination hubs in areas around the five boroughs; locations may change from week to week. For a list of walk-up sites and for more information, visit