Mayor DeBlasio: NYC to Fully Reopen July 1

Marco Green
April 29, 2021

The mayor cut the ceremonial ribbon on a high-tech manufacturing hub in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says NYC will reopen 100% by July 1, citing optimism over the Covid-19 vaccine. The announcement marks a stirring rebound for a city that lost more than 10,000 people in just the first month of the pandemic. When it does reopen, de Blasio said, he expects Broadway to be "full strength" and that he hopes to see smaller shows and venues open in July and August. He said he's confident in getting "life back, really, in many ways, to where it was".

All eyes are on the NY governor Andrew Cuomo, who has already started to ease capacity limits on stadiums and concert venues. "You're going to see wonderful activities, cultural activities coming back".

The vaccine roll-out in the U.S. is relatively meteoric - as of Thursday, more than 54 per cent of all USA adults have received at least one dose, and almost 38 per cent are fully vaccinated.

According to de Blasio, the city is ready to reopen because of "extraordinary" vaccination rates.

New York City is now reporting levels of new hospitalizations and positive-test rates that meet its benchmarks for reopening. It's either close to meeting or trending toward other "milestone" marks, according to the latest statistics.

New York City has recorded at total of 923,953 total cases with 32,461 total deaths.

Reopening the city would ultimately be determined by the state and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The current midnight closing time for outdoor dining areas of bars and restaurants will now expire on May 17, followed by the indoor curfew on May 31, he announced.

Customers will also be able to sit at bars in New York City from May 3. The phased-in process expanded to grades 6-8 in February, and 9-12 in March.

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