COVID-19: Businesses and Schools

Vaccination Requirement at Workplaces

Most NYC workers need to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Businesses may not allow any unvaccinated workers to come to their workplace.

Learn more about this new requirement and how it may affect your business.


Most businesses and schools are now allowed to be open in New York City. Employers, administrators and other responsible parties must review, attest to and comply with New York State’s industry-specific guidance.

In addition to the above guidance, employers can reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in their workplace by following these tips:

  • Reduce exposure through staggered and flexible schedules, and virtual meetings and events instead of in-person activities.
  • Encourage employees to get tested for COVID-19.
  • Remind employees to stay home if they are sick or test positive.
  • Require masks at all times.
  • Help employees stay distanced from each other and the public while working.
  • Promote COVID-19 vaccination.

Scheduled Events

If required by New York State, your business must complete an online notification form at least five days before a large indoor event.

Cases at the Workplace

In addition to following the required State guidelines, employers should know how to handle cases of COVID-19 in the workplace:

The best way to avoid cases at the workplace is to get vaccinated. Make an appointment online, or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). Most City-run sites are now also offering walk-up vaccinations for New Yorkers.

Schools and Child Care

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