Current New York State COVID wedding rules: Updated November 5
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Peter's Pointers: Weddings in New York During COVID-19

Updated 11/5/21: No news is good news, right? Three months since this post was previously updated and things are still going well for weddings and other mass gathering events in Central New York and the surrounding areas. Thanks to more people realizing the vaccine is a matter of public safety, not politics, things are looking even better by the day.

Note: This post was originally published in late February 2021 and has been updated as regulations change. I'll continue to update this post ASAP when any changes are announced.

Good News! New York State Weddings are Back to Normal!

At this time, New York State has no specific restrictions or limitations on wedding receptions or similarly-sized gatherings. According to the State's official "New York Forward" website:

New York has adopted the CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people for most businesses and public settings.
Unvaccinated individuals continue to be responsible for wearing masks, in accordance with the current CDC guidance. 

In a nutshell, the "CDC recommendations" mentioned above are the ones we've all been living with for awhile.

For vaccinated individuals, masks are no longer required, but the CDC recommends wearing masks if you're visiting an indoor public space in an area with "substantial or high" transmission levels. As of this update, November 5, the CDC considers most of New York State to be experiencing "high" transmission levels, with only a handful of counties in the "substantial" category.

Based on this recommendation, many wedding venues (and other businesses) have been requiring their staff to wear masks at all times while working, but you and your guests are free to make your own decision as to whether you want to wear a mask.

And when it comes to non-vaccinated individuals, they're on the honor system: outside of New York City, venues are no longer obligated to require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test from guests.

What about out-of-state wedding guests traveling into New York?

The strict cross-border travel requirements that New York State implemented in the peak of the pandemic are long gone. New York State now defaults to the federal-level regulations current set by the CDC. Here's a brief summary:

Domestic Travelers into New York

  • Fully-vaccinated: no restrictions, no testing requirements, no quarantines! Just get here and enjoy the party!
  • Unvaccinated: See the CDC's full "Recommendations for People Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated" - including testing and quarantine recommendations, and a reminder that different localities could have their own laws in effect.

International Travelers into New York

  • Fully-vaccinated: "Air travelers coming to the United States from abroad, including U.S. citizens, are still required to have a negative SARS-CoV-2 viral test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States." But that's it -- there's no longer any need to quarantine or get re-tested upon arrival in the U.S.
  • Unvaccinated: Not allowed. CDC says: "The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here."

Let's get the party started!

I'm very excited that we're finally much closer to being "back to normal," after such a long stretch of uncertainty. My weddings so far in 2021 have been excellent -- we all just need to do our part to keep things open for the rest of 2021 and beyond!

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