On April 29, 2021, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plans for the City to fully reopen on July 1, 2021, following more than one year of closures and capacity restrictions in response to COVID-19.

Largely lost in the discussion over reopening is another major development, one that could expose thousands of New York City businesses, and potentially their affiliates and vendors, to significant litigation risk. As of July 9, a new addition to the City’s administrative code will impose disclosure requirements for certain companies that collect, share, store, convert or retain consumer biometric information and separately prohibit the sale or sharing of such information.