COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Will End in Late Spring 2023

March 06, 2023 by Alec Stone MA, MPA, Former ONS Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy

After more than two years ( of heightening response and awareness in every corner of U.S. society, the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE) and national emergency is sticking around a few months longer. Originally set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively, both will finally come to an end on May 11, 2023, the Biden-Harris administration announced ( in January.

The Biden-Harris administration said in a statement ( that the extensions allow for a wind down that aligns with its commitment to give at least 60 days’ notice ( prior to terminating the PHE. Continuing the emergency declarations until May 2023 “does not impose any restriction at all on individual conduct with regard to COVID-19.” It does not mandate masks or vaccinations, restrict school or business operations, or require use of any medications or tests for COVID-19.

The U.S. Congress drafted a resolution ( and bill to end the emergency, but the Biden-Harris administration opposed both because they may have “highly significant impacts on our nation’s health system and government operations.”

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