On June 15th, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted for commercial settings. However, unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with federal CDC guidance. Consistent with the State’s implementation of the recent CDC guidance, masks are still required for unvaccinated individuals.
CDC guidance indicates that community transmission of COVID-19 can occur when people are asymptomatic. Therefore, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.