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UPDATE: Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination for visitors over the age of 5 is required for entry to indoor exhibition spaces and facilities. Learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Effective December 27, 2021:

In accordance with New York City Executive Order and “Key to NYC”, all visitors ages 5 and older must show valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for entry to indoor exhibition spaces and facilities, NYBG Shop, and dining venues.

  • Visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of a full vaccine regimen. Those 5–11 need only show proof of a first dose.
  • Visitors over the age of 18 must also supply official identification displaying name and photo or date of birth.
  • Visitors who do not supply valid proof of vaccination and ID are only permitted entry to restrooms and outdoor gardens.
  • Children under the age of 5 who are accompanied by a vaccinated adult may enter indoor exhibition spaces and facilities.
  • All visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors and in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and the Edible Academy.

An inherent risk of exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) exists in any public space where people are present. People visiting The New York Botanical Garden do so at their own risk as to such exposure as well as other risks inherent to outdoor public spaces. NYBG continues to monitor CDC, state, and city guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. No. Ticketed visitors who do not show proof of vaccination may visit the outdoor areas of the Garden but are not permitted entry to any buildings other than restrooms.

  2. Proof of vaccination and face coverings for visitors over 5 years of age are required at all NYBG Buildings, including but not limited to:

    • The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
    • NYBG Shop
    • Indoor areas of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden and the Edible Academy
    • The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
    • The Watson Education Building
    • Staff-only buildings
    • The Pine Tree Café and Hudson Garden Grill
  3. Yes. Proof of vaccination is required for visitors over 5 years of age to enter The Holiday Train Show. Visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of a full vaccine regimen. Those 5–11 need only show proof of a first dose.

  4. No. You may visit NYBG GLOW, an entirely outdoor experience, without proof of vaccination. You are not permitted entry to any buildings other than restrooms, and may not enter indoor dining venues.

  5. Proof of vaccination is required to enter all dining venues. Outdoor food and beverages will be available on select days and evenings at the Visitor Center Cantina, food trucks on grounds, and the Bronx Night Market during NYBG GLOW. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to enjoy at the Clay Picnic Pavilion.

  6. Effective December 27, visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of a full vaccine regimen. Those 5–11 need only show proof of a first dose.

  7. In accordance with “Key to NYC“, the below are valid forms of proof of vaccination:

    • A photo or hard copy of your CDC vaccination card
    • NYC COVID Safe App (available to anyone)
    • New York State Excelsior App (available to those vaccinated within New York State)
    • Official vaccine record
    • A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record administered outside of the United States for vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  8. In accordance with “Key to NYC“, identification should bear the name of the individual and a photo or date of birth. This information must correspond with the same identifying information on the proof of vaccination.

    Examples of acceptable identification include but are not limited to:

    • Driver’s license
    • Non-driver government ID card
    • IDNYC
    • Passport
    • School ID card
  9. If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

    • First name and last name
    • Date of birth
    • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
    • Date(s) administered
    • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it
  10. Visitors may show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with any vaccine approved for emergency use by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO).

  11. We ask that you please stay home if you are sick, symptomatic, or have had known exposure to COVID-19. To request a ticket exchange due to an illness, email ticketingsupport@nybg.org with your order number or a copy of your order confirmation.

  12. Yes. NYBG does not maintain records of visitor or Member vaccination status.

  13. No. “Key to NYC” requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

  14. As this is New York City Executive Order, we do not have a timeline.

  15. Pursuant to the November 29 NYC Commissioner Advisory, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status or past COVID-9 infection, should wear a face covering at all times when indoors and in a public setting. Our face covering policy is also in alignment with the CDC recommendation that vaccinated people should wear a face covering indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission.

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