Private employers in New York State must continue implementing their airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans until at least October 31, 2021. The New York State Department of Health announced the extension of the requirement on September 30. All insurance agencies should continue following their plans indefinitely.
The New York State HERO Act required all private employers to adopt these plans by August 5, 2021. In addition, employers must implement their plans if the Health Department designates a disease as "a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health." The department made that designation with regard to COVID-19 on Sept. 6.
The original designation expired on Sept. 30, but the department's announcement extended it until Oct. 31. A decision about whether a further extension is needed will be made at that time.