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What NYC Businesses Should Know About the Loosened Mask Restrictions

August 11, 2021 by CRS Corporate Relocation SystemsCorporate Moving

During the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City experienced a lot of hardship. However, the struggles perhaps made our community stronger and ready to heal. With over 50% of NYC residents vaccinated, many are ready to enjoy shopping, restaurants, and meeting new people. After staying inside for so long, people are interested in engaging in fun outdoor activities and getting back to the lives they’ve put on hold.

New York has loosened restrictions on wearing masks if a person is fully vaccinated, but many residents are concerned about what that means for office spaces and local businesses. With the city constantly evolving to fit the needs of those living and visiting NYC, it’s essential to stay updated and take necessary precautions when making decisions for your company.

What Are Some Changes to the Mask Mandate in NYC?

During the early days of the pandemic, New York City was an epicenter of cases. Now that over half of the population is fully vaccinated, restrictions on wearing masks and other COVID-19 regulations are loosening. Businesses are wondering how these new changes will affect their rules and relationships with employees.

Wearing a Mask Outside

The state of New York is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and is no longer requiring people to wear masks outside or in certain public areas if they are vaccinated. There’s still a requirement to wear masks for those not yet vaccinated for the health and safety of others.

Wearing a Mask Inside

Individuals who are vaccinated can go inside most public areas without a mask. However, the CDC recommends following social distancing guidelines and wearing masks inside areas with those of unknown vaccination status. If you’re not yet vaccinated, it’s essential to wear a mask in these settings.

New York City residents are excited to start exploring and partaking in activities they enjoyed before the pandemic. For companies, this means that more people are entering your place of business and safety and sanitary precautions are left to your team.

Do NYC Businesses Require Employees to Wear Masks at Work?

There is no longer a requirement for employees to wear masks if they are fully vaccinated. However, they’re still encouraged to do so if not everyone is vaccinated. The state of New York has let businesses decide for themselves if they want to continue to require individuals entering their organization to wear masks.

Some businesses continue to require employees and customers to wear masks, while others rely on the honesty of those entering the establishment. What’s important to note is that these decisions could change the relationship between employees and the company.

During the peak of the pandemic, the remote employment rate was over 70% of NYC residents. With more people receiving the vaccine, employers are looking to start bringing people back to the office. So, before you move back into the workplace, talking with employees about their opinions and choice is essential.

Look To CRS Moving & Storage for Your Company Moving Needs

The pandemic has changed how New York City operates, and now people are moving back into their offices and enjoying a bit of freedom that comes with vaccinations. In order to get your business back on track and ready to accommodate your employees and customers or clients, contact CRS Moving & Storage for professional moving assistance.

Call (718) 424-6000 or fill out our online contact form for more information about how our team of dedicated individuals can assist you.


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