SOMOS’s Dr. Ramon Tallaj On NYC Mayor Easing COVID-19 Restrictions

March 4, 2022

Today, Mayor Eric Adams announced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, effective Monday, March 7, 2022, and based on data and science, to spur New York’s economic recovery. The mayor’s announcement includes the end of the indoor mask requirement for New York City public schools and the city’s “Key2NYC” policy, which currently requires anyone 5 and older to show proof of vaccination to enter most public spaces, such as restaurants, bars, gyms, and grocery stores.

Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman of SOMOS Community Care, and Co-Chair of Mayor Adams’s COVID-19 Recovery Roundtable & Health Equity Task Force issued the following statement:

“Today, we stand with Mayor Adams as we lift our masks, and, as a city, enter a new phase of healing, recovery, and reopening. Although the mayor’s announcement is a key step, and positive case counts and hospitalizations have been trending down for weeks, we need to remain cautious and vigilant as COVID-19 is still present.

SOMOS, a network of over 2,500 largely immigrant community doctors serving the underserved in lower-income communities of color citywide, will continue to monitor case counts and continue to test and vaccinate vulnerable New Yorkers.

Our preventive care model will ensure our communities are constantly informed and advised about how to best protect themselves against COVID-19 so that all New Yorkers can take advantage of New York’s economic recovery.

I urge immunocompromised individuals and those who are worried about COVID-19 risk to continue to protect themselves by masking indoors, in addition to making sure they are fully boosted.”


SOMOS is a non-profit, physician-led network of over 2,500 health care providers serving over 900,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in New York City.

Launched in 2015 by its Chairman Dr. Ramon Tallaj, the SOMOS network includes providers delivering culturally competent care to patients in some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations, particularly Latino, Asian, African-American and immigrant communities throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

Photo credit: Dr. Ramon Tallaj.

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