Traders working at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), today, Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
The NYSE is adjusting its COVID protocols and will allow more people on its iconic trading floor.
Beginning May 10th, members of the floor community who have been fully vaccinated will be exempt from certain restrictions, including a random testing program, according to an internal memo. They will also be allowed to remove face masks, though they must continue to maintain social distancing (6 feet or more).
If 100% of a trading firm’s floor-based staff have been fully vaccinated (meaning 2 or more weeks have passed since the final dose of a vaccine), the firm will be permitted to bring them back fully staffed. The memo was first reported by Bloomberg News.
Media organizations will also be permitted on the trading floor. Everyone will still be required to wear a mask when walking around on the floor.
One issue not addressed: Whether employees or other entrants will still be required to sign a waiver of liability that prevents them from suing the NYSE in the event they contract COVID.