Here’s what credit unions need to know about mask-wearing, social distancing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that effective Wednesday, May 19, New York State will adopt the CDC guidance released last week regarding mask-wearing standards and social distancing for vaccinated individuals. Additional information will be posted to the New York Department of Health website.

So what does this mean for New York’s credit unions? In a message to credit unions on Monday, William J. Mellin, New York Credit Union Association president/CEO, stated that:

While, with certain exceptions, the executive order that requires masks and social distancing will be lifted for fully vaccinated individuals working at or visiting your credit union, it is ultimately up to your credit union if you wish to adopt the guidance or continue requiring more stringent guidelines.

Credit unions that do choose to follow the CDC and state guidance will need to consider how they will monitor member and visitor traffic into the credit union for those not wearing masks. Will you be asking for proof of vaccination if a member is not wearing a mask when entering the branch? Will you use the honor system and just assume those not wearing masks inside the credit union are vaccinated? Have you been tracking whether your employees are vaccinated? These are important questions for your management team and board to consider and be prepared to begin implementing.

For additional questions on this recent announcement please continue to refer to the CDC and New York Department of Health websites or reach out to Chris Pajak, VP of member engagement at or (800) 342-9835 ext. 8188.

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