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25 Jan

New York HERO Act and Mask Mandate Extended

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of New York.

What happened?
In our previous communication, we informed you about New York Hero Act that was extended from December 13, 2021 to January 15, 2022. This is an update to that article.

What are the details?
On January 15, 2021, given the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in New York due to the Omicron variant, the New York Commissioner of Health has extended the designation once again through February 15, 2022. On or before February 15, the Commissioner will decide, based upon a review of the level of COVID-19 transmission at that time, whether to extend the designation further.

Employers must continue implementing their respective Disease Exposure Prevention Plan under the HERO Act, including daily health screenings and masking for workplaces where all individuals on-premises are not fully vaccinated, among other requirements.

Also, Governor Hochul declared that, through at least January 15, 2022, masks are required for employees, customers, and visitors in all indoor public places – including offices – unless the business or venue requires proof of vaccination to enter. On January 13, 2022, the Commissioner of Health issued a revised Determination on Indoor Masking, which extends this mask mandate through at least February 1, 2022.

For more information, please see the links below:

NY Hero Act Designation Extension

Indoor Masking Determination

Article

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above, continue practicing the Disease Exposure Prevention Plan under the HERO Act, and continue to enforce the indoor mask mandate until February 14, 2022.

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