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New York Adopts CDC Mask Guidelines, Allegany County Department of Health Issues Statement

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Effective Wednesday, May 19, 2021, NYS will adopt the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new mask and social distancing guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals.

Consistent with CDC recommendations:

Immunocompromised and unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks and social distance

  • Masks will still be required on public transportation, at nursing homes, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, schools and health care facilities
  • Individual private venues may impose additional requirements.
  • CDC requirements will be posted on the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) website.

Reopening announcements

  • May 19, 2021, most capacity restrictions are lifted – restaurants, museums, retail, offices, etc.
  • Outdoor food beverage curfew lifted today; indoor curfew lifted May 31, 2021
  • Outdoor gathering limit is already increased to 500; indoor limit increased to 250
  • Indoor residential gathering limit increased to 50

Other updates

  • County fairs open to capacity for 6′ social distancing
  • Local DOH issues permit; NYSDOH approval is required for events with 5,000+ attendees
  • Private operators and government owned venues can issue additional guidelines.

For more information, go to the NYSDOH website to see the CDC requirements: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home

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