Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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COVID-19 vaccines may not be available to the general public until mid-2021.

Check our new COVID-19 Vaccines webpage to stay up to date about what we know — and what we are still learning — about the vaccines.

School and Nonessential Business Restrictions

A new NYC Commissioner of Health Order requires additional COVID-19 risk-reduction measures for nonpublic schools and charter schools that are not located in an NYC Department of Education school building.

There is increasing transmission of COVID-19 in New York City and widespread transmission across the United States and in many other countries.

Getting Together Safely

In addition to following our general COVID-19 prevention guidance, stay cautious when you meet up with friends. Avoid indoor activities and stay away from big groups by sticking to a core group of friends and family — your pandemic "social bubble."

Here are some more tips to help you stay safe as you move about the city.

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When you travel:

  • Traveling right now puts you, your family and your community at risk of getting sick and spreading the virus to other people. The safest option is to not travel if you can avoid it.
  • If you must travel, plan ahead, take precautions and be prepared to quarantine when you return.

Traveling During COVID-19 (PDF)
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When you celebrate the holidays:

  • Do not travel, gather in groups, or host or attend a holiday party. Only celebrate with household members in person.
  • Enjoy safer holiday activities, such as virtual parties, baking cookies and outdoor gatherings.

Tips for a Safer Holiday Season (PDF)
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When you go to the gym:

  • Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth at all times. Bandanas, buffs and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings while at the gym.
  • Refrain from socializing. Keep at least 6 feet away from other gym-goers.

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When you eat out:

  • Do not wait. Make a reservation, check out the menu online and do whatever else you can to avoid long wait times before you get a table and order.
  • Keep your face covering on at all times when you are not eating and drinking.

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When you shop:

  • Use hand sanitizer when entering the store, after touching products and after leaving the store.
  • Only touch products you intend to buy, and use contactless payment methods whenever possible.

Download Guidance for Getting Together

Prevention: Most Important Steps

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Stay home if you are sick
Only leave for essential medical care or other essential errands.

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Keep physical distance
Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.

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Keep your hands clean
Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

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Wear a face covering
You can be contagious without symptoms. Protect those around you by wearing a face covering.

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Get Tested
All New Yorkers should get a COVID-19 virus (diagnostic) test, whether or not they have symptoms or are at increased risk. Tests are free. Look for a testing site near you.

Get Medical Care

Do not delay getting the medical care you need. Contact your provider quickly about any new symptoms you are feeling, whether or not you think they may be related to COVID-19.

You should also go to routine check-ups and screenings, and get scheduled vaccinations for you and your children. If you think you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

More Information About COVID-19 in NYC

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