New York employers seeking further relaxation of COVID-19 mitigation protocols after the recent lifting
of a statewide mask mandate will have to wait. The designation of the virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to public health” that had been extended
through February 15, 2022 was extended yet again. An order
by the New York State Commissioner of Health continues the designation, made pursuant to the New York HERO Act
, through March 17, 2022
. This means that New York employers must continue to implement their safety plans, including daily screening of employees working onsite. The New York State Department of Labor recently issued an updated model safety plan
with recommendations, as opposed to requirements, regarding usage of masks indoors.