March 4, 2022
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Mayors Adams suspend key to NYC, remove mask mandate in NYC public schools for K-12 students
Comprehensive announcement comes after data shows NYC at “low” alarm level
More than 17 million vaccines have already been administered in New York City
Adams: “We’re open for business, and NYC has its trail left.”
NEW YORK – New York Mayor Eric Adams today announced several changes to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that will continue to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers while boosting the city’s economic recovery. In light of rapidly declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and more than 17 million doses of vaccines being administered, Mayor Adams announced the suspension of the Key to NYC program and the removal of indoor mask mandates in the city’s public schools for K-12 students.
“Two years ago, New York City was the epicenter of the pandemic, but thanks to New Yorkers being vaccinated and boosted, we have made tremendous progress,” he said. New York Mayor Eric Adams. “I have said time and time again that numbers and science will guide us as we continue to recover and rebuild, and now New York City is back and vaccinations are the reason we are back. New Yorkers should come out and enjoy our amazing city. The battle may not be over, but we are clearly winning the war. We are open for business and New York City has its trail left. “
From Monday, March 7:
- Key to NYC rules will be suspended. Indoor venues, including restaurants, fitness facilities and entertainment venues, will no longer be required to check for evidence of vaccination before customers enter. Companies that were previously covered by the Key to NYC rules will still have the flexibility to require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they so choose.
- Mquestioner will no longer be required in the elementary school area for kindergarten to 12th grade students. While these public school children will be able to remove their masks if they choose, schools will continue to maintain strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, a daily screening to ensure that those with symptoms do not enter school, and test set distribution. Masks will continue to be required for all environments with children under 5 years of age (where none of the population is yet eligible for the vaccine), including programs entered into by the New York City Department of Education with 3- and 4-year-olds as well as 3k and 4K classrooms in district schools.
Mayor Adams also announced today that all other COVID-19 mandates will remain in effect. Under the rules, employees will still be required to be vaccinated unless they have received reasonable accommodation from their employer.
In addition, Mayor Adams released a new color-coded system that tracks COVID-19 alerts and keeps New York City residents informed of the risks they face in New York City. This new system will better help New Yorkers understand the current level of COVID-19 risk and how they can best protect themselves and others based on current risk. The system consists of four alarm levels that outline precautions and recommended actions for individuals and government based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Community Burden Indicator.
COVID-19 alarm levels:
Warning level: Low
- There is low dispersal of the COVID-19 community.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19; consider wearing a face mask in a public indoor setting where vaccine status is not known; and get tested if you have symptoms or are at high risk for poor health outcomes. Basic public health precautions, such as good hand hygiene and staying home if you are ill, should be followed.
- Recommended government action: Maintain current employer and school vaccine mandates; require face masks in environments with vulnerable persons and where vaccine status has not been verified, such as health facilities, assembly environments and public transport; consider ordering updated vaccination status in certain environments if there is a sustained increase in cases or a new one regarding variant.
Warning level: Medium
- There is medium spread of the COVID-19 community.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – be vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19; wear a mask in a public indoor environment where vaccine status is not known; be tested if you have symptoms or were exposed, recently traveled or attended large gatherings; stay home if you are sick; keep your hands clean. Take additional precautions – such as avoiding crowded indoor and outdoor environments – if you are at high risk due to age, underlying health condition, or if you are unvaccinated, or if you are interacting with high-risk individuals.
- Recommended government action: Continue action from low alarm level. Consider requiring face masks in additional high-risk environments where it is crowded and the distance cannot be maintained, such as schools. Consider reintroducing the Key to NYC requirements if there is a sustained increase in cases or a new, regarding variant.
Warning level: High
- There is a high spread of the COVID-19 community. The pressure on the health care system in New York City is significant.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – be vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19; wear a mask in all public indoor environments and crowded outdoor spaces; be tested if you have symptoms or were exposed, recently traveled or attended large gatherings; stay home if you are ill / exposed; and keep your hands clean. Consider avoiding higher-risk activities, such as crowded, indoor gatherings.
- Recommended government action: Continue action from Medium Alert Level. Increase test and vaccination capacity; ensure adequate vaccination, testing and isolation capacity in assembly environments; requires face masks in any public indoor setting.
Warning level: Very high
- There is a very high spread of the COVID-19 community. Healthcare is overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases.
- Precautions: Stay up to date – be vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19; wear a mask in a public indoor setting and crowded outdoor spaces; be tested; stay home as much as possible, especially if you are ill / exposed; and keep your hands clean. Avoid unnecessary activities and crowded spaces. Maximize physical distance in all public environments, including workplaces.
- Recommended government action: Continue action from high alarm level. Make sure the assembly settings are less crowded; consider implementing restrictions on non-essential activities, offering telework and shelter in place to keep essential functions (such as health care and schools) in operation.
“Throughout the pandemic, New Yorkers have gone up and used the tools to overcome the challenges of the last two years,” he said. New York Governor Kathy Hochul. “With the steady decline in cases and hospitalizations from the Omicron top, we are now safely entering a new phase of the pandemic. I would like to thank Mayor Eric Adams for his continued partnership as we work together to fight the pandemic and keep our schools and companies both secure and open. “
“The governor and I have always said – we believe in science, we look at the numbers, we follow the data, and New Yorkers, when we asked you to go up, you did,” he said. New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin. “Today we turn the page on this chapter in our fight against COVID-19. New York gets the best comeback story the world has ever seen. Our economic recovery is starting right now and the governor and I are ready to show the rest of The world, why New York is the best place on earth. ”
“Our new COVID Alert system gives New Yorkers a roadmap on how to reduce their own risk in the event that we see another increase or increase in transmission,” he said. Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi. “COVID Alert will keep New Yorkers informed, including about actions that can be expected by the City Council. As we look to the coming months, we must continue to do everything we can to prevent unnecessary suffering due to COVID-19. ”
“Our ‘Stay Safe, Stay Open’ plan worked. Cases have fallen by 99 per cent and we have not had to close a single school since January,” he said. New York City Department of Education Chancellor David C. Banks. “Making masks optional gives families and educators a choice while remaining vigilant through high levels of testing and following the advice of our public health experts and the CDC.”
“We are winning the battle against COVID because New Yorkers have gone up and been vaccinated – 96 percent of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose. We have also continued to prove that our schools are the healthiest place for our students to be,” said Dr. Ted Long, CEO, NYC Test & Trace Corps; and senior vice president of Outpatient Care and Population Health, NYC Health + Hospitals. “I want to thank all the New Yorkers who have protected their loved ones and neighbors by being vaccinated – you deserved this – and acknowledging the incredible work of our health heroes who made these milestones possible.”
“New York City’s restaurant and nightlife industry has been devastated by COVID-19, and over the past two years, these small businesses have endured ever-changing pandemic mandates that have posed significant challenges to their operations, yet they have fought hard to endure and to feed and serve our city in this time of crisis, ”said Andrew Rigie, CEO, NYC Hospitality Alliance. “Now that our city is achieving a high vaccination rate, a low infection rate, and as we enter the next phase of our city’s recovery, we must continue to be safe and smart and change mandates as the situation develops. That is why , it is with optimism and careful consideration by many that we stand in solidarity with Mayor Eric Adams, public health officials and local leaders to lift the city’s temporary proof of vaccination mandate for indoor dining, as an important step in our resilient city’s revival. “