January 1, 2022
WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted New York City and its economy, and is addressed effectively only by joint action of the City, State, and Federal governments; and
WHEREAS, the City requires stability and predictability in the promulgation and enforcement of orders related to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, Emergency Executive Order No. 98, issued on March 12, 2020, declared a state of emergency to address the threat and impacts of COVID-19 in the City of New York; and
WHEREAS Emergency Executive Order No. 331, issued on December 30, 2021, extended the state of emergency in the City of New York for a period not to exceed thirty days, or until rescinded; and
WHEREAS, on October 29, 2021, U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age; and
WHEREAS, on December 26, 2021, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul issued Executive Order No. 11.1 to address new emerging threats across the State posed by COVID-19, finding that New York is experiencing COVID-19 transmission at rates the State has not seen since April 2021 and that the rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions has been increasing over the past month to over 300 new admissions a day; and
WHEREAS, the recent appearance in the City of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 suggests an increased risk of reinfection; and
WHEREAS, 70% of the City’s residents are fully vaccinated and mandating vaccinations at the types of establishments that residents frequent will incentivize vaccinations, increasing the City’s vaccination rates and saving lives;
WHEREAS, additional reasons for requiring the measures continued in this Order are set forth in prior Emergency Executive Order Nos. 316 and 228;
NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the laws of the State of New York and the City of New York, including but not limited to the New York Executive Law, the New York City Charter and the Administrative Code of the City of New York, and the common law authority to protect the public in the event of an emergency:
Section 1. I hereby direct that the “Key to NYC” program, set forth in Emergency Executive Order No. 317, dated December 15, 2021, and most recently extended by Emergency Executive Order No. 334, dated December 30, 2021, shall remain in effect.
§ 2. This Emergency Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect for five (5) days unless it is terminated or modified at an earlier date.
Eric L. Adams