New York City Mayor Eric Adams is doing away with vaccine mandates for indoor settings. “We are open for business and NYC has its groove back,” Adams stated along with the announcement.
Beginning Monday (March 7), indoor venues will no longer be required to check for proof of vaccination before customers enter. Restaurants, fitness centers and entertainment spaces will have the flexibility to require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose.
“Two years ago, New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, but thanks to New Yorkers getting vaccinated and getting boosted we have made tremendous progress,” said Adams in a release.
The news comes alongside the mayor’s release of a new color-coded system that tracks COVID-19 alerts and is intended to help New Yorkers understand the current coronavirus risk level. The system consists of four alert levels that outline precautions and recommended actions for individuals and governments based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Community Burden Indicator.
Under the new system, New York City is currently in the lowest risk, or green alert, level. Alert level “low” recommends people wear masks in public settings where vaccination proof is not required and to maintain basic health precautions such as regularly washing hands and staying home when sick.
“I’ve said time and time again that the numbers and science will guide us as we continue to recover and rebuild, and now New York City is back, and vaccinations are why we’re back,” said Adams. “New Yorkers should be getting out and enjoying our amazing city. The fight may not be over, but we’re clearly winning the war.”
In the same announcement, the mayor also dropped the mask mandate for public school grounds. Public school students from kindergarten to 12th grade will have the option to wear or not wear a mask in the classroom, while students under the age of five (those currently ineligible for vaccines) are still required to wear masks in all settings.