New York City Plans "Full Strength" Reopening Beginning July 1

Lawrence Kim
April 29, 2021

It was not immediately clear how the mayor's plans would square with those of the state government, which has control over operating restrictions on restaurants and other businesses.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday that officials plan to "fully reopen" the city on July 1 after more than a year of coronavirus-induced closures and low-intensity operations.

According to de Blasio, come July 1, restaurants, gyms, hair salons, businesses, and arenas will all be open at 100 percent capacity. The mayor did not say if the mask mandate will remain in place.

All eyes are on the NY governor Andrew Cuomo, who has already started to ease capacity limits on stadiums and concert venues.

Though he said the city still has "some work to do", but says he's quite confident they will be prepared by July. "You should expect Broadway, full strength, in September, but I'd love to see some of the smaller shows up in July and August". "We're ready to take that pathway to a full reopening".

In a nationally televised interview, de Blasio cited the fact that 6.3 million people have been vaccinated in the city, and "the data and the science are saying out loud, it's time to come back". What we're seeing, people have gotten vaccinated in extraordinary numbers. "We gotta keep working hard at that".

"Every single day we are beating back COVID more and more, hospitalizations are down, we are just seeing a better situation every day", he continued.

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