State COVID rate drops below 1.5% for 1st time since October

James Marshall
May 3, 2021

New York, New Jersey and CT are just weeks away from a major step forward in their COVID-19 recovery.

New York will drop capacity limits and almost all other restrictions on restaurants starting May 19, the same day New Jersey and CT lift their curbs on dining out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

Some businesses are welcome to opt to keep capacity restrictions, but from the state level, those restrictions will be nearly entirely repealed, Cuomo said.

Cuomo said NY has worked with New Jersey and CT on the regionally-coordinated reopening and beginning May 19 most capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state region. "We cannot afford to get cocky, nor can we get lax in our vaccination efforts".

New Jersey is allowing venues that hold 1,000 people or more to increase capacity to 30 percent with six feet of distance between groups.

The reopening plan, which applies across the New York, New Jersey and CT, will lift restrictions on theaters, restaurants, museums, shops and Broadway, which was specifically mentioned. The six-foot social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will remain in effect at these places, which could still limit capacity depending on the space available. Beginning May 19, the indoor social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people.

He also reminded people that the outdoor food and beverage curfew will be lifted on May 17th, indoor curfew will be lifted on May 31st. Capacity as stadiums will increase to 33 percent. "You're vaccinated and it's an incentive to be vaccinated, so 6 feet CDC requirement unless it is organized around vaccination or negative test results".

The governor also announced New York City's subway system will resume 24/7 service on May 17, about one year after it was shut down for the first time ever. "I remind all New Yorkers who still need to get the vaccine that it's the only way to show support for our health providers who work tirelessly to get shot into people's arms - and for everyone in their community who is vulnerable to this virus".

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