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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: 

  • New York City now requires proof of vaccination to enter all indoor dining spaces, indoor fitness facilities and indoor entertainment and performing arts venues. Learn more about Covid-19 regulations and the Key to NYC Pass here.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that all individuals in areas of high or substantial transmission wear masks indoors. Mayor de Blasio strongly recommends that all individuals in New York City wear masks indoors.
  • The subway is running 24/7. Riders must continue to wear masks. Learn more here.
  • Broadway shows are resuming at full capacity, with vaccinations required of audience members, performers, backstage crew and staff through February 2022. Masks are also required inside theaters, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. 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, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City would be operating pop-up vaccination hubs in areas around the five boroughs, including Times Square, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and various transit stops; locations may change from week to week. For a list of walk-up sites and for more information, visit