New York City Will Reopen 100% on July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio Says!
However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would like to see the city reopen before the date pitched by de Blasio. “I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do we can reopen earlier,” Cuomo said, according to NBC New York.
Restaurants, gyms, shops, hair salons and arenas will open at full capacity. Smaller theaters could reopen over the summer and Broadway is on track for opening by September. Schools will be back at “full strength” in the fall.
New York City has recorded 923,953 coronavirus cases and 32,461 virus-related deaths as of Wednesday.
Also as of Wednesday, more than 6 million doses of Covid vaccines have been administered in the city, and about 36% of its adult population is fully vaccinated, according to city data. More than half the city’s adult population has received at least one dose.
“What we’re seeing is that people have gotten vaccinated at extraordinary numbers,” de Blasio said. “This is going to be the summer of New York City. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”
It wasn’t immediately clear whether mask mandates will stay in place through the summer.
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will lift dining curfews statewide and a ban on bar seating in the city starting in May. Seating at bars will be allowed in New York City starting May 3, while outdoor dining curfews of midnight are set to end by May 17. Indoor dining curfews will expire May 31. You can read more here.
New York City is already back from our perspective. The weather is gorgeous, Central Park is in full bloom, restaurants are open, life has resumed. The market is transitioning very quickly. We are here to answer all your questions.