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NYS Laws & Regulations Related to Food, Farm, & Beverage Industries

New York State’s laws and regulations for business operations and employment situations are still changing to protect people during this transitional phase of the pandemic. This section contains vital information on regulatory requirements. The key requirement for all business operations is to maintain appropriate hygiene standards and implement social distancing to protect workplace health and safety.


All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the US are eligible to be vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available at pharmacies, local health departments, clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other locations across the state. Visit Vaccines.gov to find appointments near you or contact your local pharmacy or provider. To schedule an appointment directly at a New York State-run site, go to New York State's vaccine scheduler and follow the instructions. Walk-in appointments are also accepted at New York State mass vaccination sites for all eligible adults. While the vaccination process is underway, New Yorkers should continue to wear a mask, social distance, avoid large gatherings and follow all other health guidelines.

Visit our Vaccine Information page for more.


Information on NYS Regulatory Requirements


COVID-19 Response

Need information? The following Cornell CALS and CCE pages are updated regularly:


COVID-19 Resources & Guidance Archive

Some of the resources from this page have been archived in an effort to highlight relevant information. Please note that information in this document may be outdated and links may no longer function.


If you have specific questions around ingredients, cleaning/sanitation chemicals and procedures, personnel practices, or other food safety, supply, and distribution changes, reach out to our experts:

Our team can also provide process authority services in case you need to change processes and/or formulations. For more information visit the Cornell Food Venture Center and for dairy-related process authority services contact Rob Ralyea (rdr10@cornell.edu).