NYC Expands “Key to NYC” & Mandates Covid-19 Vaccine for Private Sector EmployeesIntended to combat the spread of Covid and the Omicron variant as the holiday season approaches, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced major expansions to NY’s “Key to NYC” program, and a first-in-the nation Private Sector Vaccine Mandate

What you need to know about the Private Sector Mandate:

  • The mandate is set to take effect on December 27th
  • All private employers within NYC will require mandatory employee vaccinations
  • The mandate will apply to any employer with in-person employees, regardless of workplace population or the size of employer.
  • There is no testing option as an alternative to vaccination

What you need to know about expansion/changes to “Key to NYC”

  • Starting December 14th, children ages 5 -11 will be required to show proof of at least one vaccine dose to enter indoor dining, fitness, performance, and entertainment venues.
  • Starting December 27th, New Yorkers ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses, instead of one.
  • Anyone vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine will be excluded from providing proof of a 2nd

Through a spokesperson, Mayor-elect Eric Adams, stated that he will re-evaluate the mandate when he takes office on January 1, 2022, and will “make determinations based on science, efficacy and the advice of health professionals.”

Additional details on enforcement and accommodations should be announced December 15th, 2021.

 We expect changes and challenges to the new rules.  Visit us often for updates.