Cuomo: Vaccinated New Yorkers don’t have to wear masks in certain settings starting Wednesday


Beginning Wednesday, vaccinated New Yorkers can resume some normal activities without a mask or socially distancing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

In his daily COVID-19 briefing this morning, Cuomo said New York will adopt the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new mask and social distancing guidelines for vaccinated people.

Masks are still required on public transit, in schools, nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and health care facilities.

Individual private venues may still require masks as well.

The CDC states that unvaccinated and immunocompromised people should continue to wear a mask and social distance.

This week marks a major reopening of New York, which includes the following:

  • Most capacity restrictions lifted for restaurants, museums, retail, offices, etc. in the tri-state area.
  • The outdoor food and beverage curfew is lifted today.
  • The indoor food and beverage curfew will be lifted on May 31.
  • Outdoor gathering limit already increased to 500.
  • The indoor gathering limit increased to 250.
  • Indoor residential gathering limited increased to 50.
  • 24-hour subway service has returned.

Continue to follow for New York State reopening updates.

Top: Protective, surgical masks used to prevent the spread of COVID-19, photo courtesy of Mika Baumeister via Unsplash.