Great news!  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 15 that 70% of New York State residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot and as a result, he has announced that effective immediately COVID-19 restrictions statewide have been lifted

“The State’s health guidance and New York Forward industry specific guidelines – including social gathering limits, capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health screening, and contact information for tracing – are now optional for retail, food services, offices, gyms, and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops and personal care services, among other commercial settings.

Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with Federal CDC guidance. …the State’s health guidelines continue to be in effect for large-scale indoor event venues, pre-K to grade 12 schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, nursing homes, and health care settings per CDC guidelines.”

To read more about the Governor’s official announcement, Click Here

What does this mean for the NYS Forum? As of June 17, 2021 The NYS Forum has lifted all restrictions related to COVID-19 screening and social distancing procedures within our offices. We are pleased to be able to again offer full capacity, in-person attendance for all of those who prefer this method of participation. The NYS Forum requests that any unvaccinated individuals please continue to wear a mask when inside the building. 

Based on the positive response from many of our members during the Covid-19 capacity restrictions, we will continue to offer meetings and workgroups virtually in addition to reopening for in-person attendance.   We hope that by providing both options, you will find it easier to participate in events in a way that allows you to have meaningful interactions with your peers in the NYS Forum.

Should circumstances change in the future, we will be implementing the relevant State of New York guidance on in-person attendance and capacity.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult period and we look forward to a return to normal with our colleagues from throughout the state.