Tuesday, December 14 brings new mask and vaccine rules to New York City, and yes, they all apply to Greenpoint too.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday, December 10 that starting today, “masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement.” That is, grocery stores, offices and other venues that don’t check for proof of full vaccination at the door will be required to make all visitors wear masks.

This rule was put into place as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide. It is in alignment with the CDC’s recommendations for communities with substantial and high transmission.

For now, the state-wide rule will last through January 15, 2022, at which point the state will evaluate the safest path forward.   

In New York, businesses and venues with a proof of vaccination requirement must ensure that anyone 12 years of age or older is fully vaccinated before entering indoors. By December 27, proof of at least two doses of a vaccine will be required.


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  1. The restrictions should be commensurate with the danger. In republican states/counties up to 100k+ people have been estimated to have died since vaccines have been made available because of not getting vaccinated/loose restrictions.

    On the other end, draconian measures like not allowing for legit religious exemptions (not abuse), medical exemptions, firings instead of testing, isolation or working from home is wrong on the other end.

    My good friend’s 40ish daughter who has many letters from a cardiologist that taking the shot would be harmful to her, nevertheless is about to be fired as a librarian in NYC.

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