COVID-19 Assistance & Guidance for Businesses

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As part of the City's commitment to spur economic growth, SBS has released The New Normal: Adapting Your Small Business Playbook, a handbook filled with tools, technologies, and strategies to help entrepreneurs stabilize their business, protect their staff and customers, and build and grow beyond the pandemic.

Additional Assistance and Guidance for Businesses

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Key To NYC Vaccination Requirements for Businesses

Starting August 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for:

  • Indoor dining
  • Indoor fitness
  • Indoor entertainment

This new requirement — called the Key to NYC — includes bars, fitness gyms, movie and stage theatres, museums, and other indoor venues. Staff at these locations are also required to be vaccinated.

Starting December 14, 2021, children aged 5-11 are required to show proof of one vaccination dose for those venues.

Starting December 27, 2021, New Yorkers aged 12 and older are required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one, except for those who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Learn more at nyc.gov/KeyToNYC. Have questions? Call our hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

Vaccination Requirement: Workplaces

Beginning December 27, 2021, workers in New York City who perform in-person work or interact with the public in the course of business must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Workers will then have 45 days to show proof of their second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna vaccines).

Businesses may not allow any unvaccinated workers to come to their workplace. A workplace is considered any location — including a vehicle — where you work in the presence of at least one other person.

Learn more at nyc.gov/vaxtowork. Have questions? Call our hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

Vaccination Requirement Guidelines and Resources to Help Your Business Webinars

Have questions about reopening your business?

Check out our NYC Business Reopening Guide and NYC Restaurant Resource Guide or call our hotline at 888-SBS-4NYC (888-727-4692).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Other Reopening Supplies Marketplace

If you would like to purchase additional masks or other non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the City has compiled a list of non-medical PPE manufacturers and suppliers. These companies are not endorsed by the City of New York.