NYC Will 'Fully Reopen' On July 1, De Blasio Announces

Mayor DeBlasio: NYC to Fully Reopen July 1

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that the city hopes to "fully reopen" on July 1.

"This is going to be the summer of New York City", he said.

"What we can say with assurance is, we're giving COVID no room to run in New York City", de Blasio said.

We also expect the Broadway production of United Kingdom musical Six to be one of the first shows to reopen, with the piece having teased exciting plans earlier this week.

The mayor doesn't have unilateral power to lift remaining pandemic restrictions.

Citing that more than 6.3 million city residents have been vaccinated against COVID-19, de Blasio said it's now time for the city that was once the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic - with almost 800 daily deaths reported in April 2020 - to mostly return to normal life.

Cuomo did, however, say he was hopeful that the reopening date could potentially even be before what de Blasio had proposed, but said the decision was being made under a statewide management system that was proceeding based on the science and data.

Beginning July 1, restaurants, hair salons, arenas and gyms will open at full capacity, followed by Broadway by September.

Though reopening efforts have really ramped over the past few months (and even weeks), if you're wondering when NYC will be fully "back to normal", we now have an answer...

... The mayor indicated he has not discussed the city's reopening plans with the governor, though he did pledge to work with the state government to achieve full reopening. "We gotta keep working hard at that". "We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength", the mayor said. It has seen 923,953 COVID-19 cases and 32,461 related deaths as of Wednesday.

People wishing to throw in-residence parties with more than 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors will be allowed so long as the events are staffed by a professional, licensed caterer. State lawmakers in Albany have already said restrictions on bars and restaurants will be lifted in May.

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