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


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:

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