Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City will ‘fully reopen’ on July 1 as he confidently proclaimed ‘this is going to be the summer of New York City.’
On Thursday, de Blasio said the city will operate at full capacity from July 1 during his daily briefing where he laid out details for the city’s reopening plan.
‘It’s time to set a goal for a full reopening of New York City,’ he said. ‘We are ready to bring New York City back fully all systems go because you’ve earned it were going to keep working hard everyday to make this city safer and safer’
According to de Blasio, the July 1 goal was made possible because of New Yorkers have been vaccinated at high rates and followed guidelines.
‘The data and the science are saying out loud, it’s time to come back,’ de Blasio added. ‘Now we can see that light at the end of the tunnel.’
‘What we’re seeing is that people have gotten vaccinated at extraordinary numbers.’ he said earlier on Thursday morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe morning show.
More than 6.3 million vaccinations have been administered in New York City to date and roughly 36% of the city’s adult population is fully vaccinated.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said ‘this is going to be an amazing summer’ as he laid out plans for the city to fully reopen during his daily briefing on Thursday
De Blasio’s announcement comes one day after New York lawmakers lifted Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pandemic-era rule that customers must order food when buying alcohol in bars
On Wednesday Cuomo announced the state would lift COVID-19-related restrictions impacting the state’s bars and restaurants
De Blasio said 100% reopening means fully reopening restaurants and bars, stores, shops and small businesses.
Also fully reopening on July 1 are hair salons, gyms, stadiums, theaters, and museums, de Blasio said.
‘We’re all going to get to enjoy the city again and people are going to flock here from all over the country,’ he said.
De Blasio told New Yorkers that in order to accomplish the July 1 goal more and more people must continue to get vaccinated.
‘We all got a little work to do, but we can get there together’ he said at the briefing.
Reopening the city would ultimately be determined by the state and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
De Blasio said he has not spoken to Cuomo but he will work with federal and state officials to meet the July 1 goal.
‘The best way to proceed here is to set out the city’s vision,’ he said on Thursday. ‘We’re going to work with the federal government, were going to work with the state government but its quite clear its time to set a goal and move on that goal.’
At his own COVID briefing on Thursday, Cuomo addressed de Blasio’s July 1 reopening date.
Cuomo said that he wants to reopen New York City earlier than July 1 but cautioned it was still too early to make accurate projections.
‘I am reluctant to make projections because I think they’re irresponsible,’ he told reporters. ‘July 1 – you have May, June, what happens in May? what happens in June? I would like to get the hopeful reopening date before that. I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do we can reopen earlier.’
On Wednesday, New York lawmakers lifted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s pandemic-era rule that customers must order food when buying alcohol in bars.
On Wednesday Cuomo announced the state would lift COVID-19-related restrictions impacting the state’s bars and restaurants.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, arenas and stadiums are set to reopen at full capacity by July 1 as more New Yorkers continue to get vaccinated
New York City tourist attractions, including Times Square, (pictured) might see more visitors this summer as the city reopens. ‘We’re all going to get to enjoy the city again and people are going to flock here from all over the country,’ de Blasio said
‘We are ready to bring New York City (pictured) back fully all systems go because you’ve earned it were going to keep working hard everyday to make this city safer and safer’ de Blasio told New Yorkers during a briefing on Thursday
New York City will fully reopen this summer just in time for the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (pictured) held on Independence Day in Coney Island, Brooklyn
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.
City and state government have started to announce plans to reopen as positive cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all been declining as more New Yorkers continue to get vaccinated and warm weather draws people outdoors, the New York Times reported.
The reopening plan comes one day after a new report from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli revealed, unsurprisingly, that the pandemic has severely impacted New York City’s tourism industry.
The report found the the industry lost 89,000 jobs and about $60 billion during the pandemic.
DiNapoli said city officials need to focus on attracting tourists after the city saw 43.7 million fewer visitors in 2020 due to COVID.
‘Visitors and their spending are essential for the tourism industry, and they have to come back before the sector fully recovers,’ he said.
The report projects that tourism in New York City wont return to pre-pandemic levels until 2025.
Last week, de Blasio announced a $30 million marketing campaign to promote tourism to the city.
6.3 million vaccinations have been administered in New York City to date and roughly 36% of the city’s adult population is fully vaccinated
The latest citywide COVID data reported by NYC Health show a decline in both daily hospitalizations and positive cases (pictured)
The latest citywide COVID data reported by NYC Health show a decline in COVID deaths in New York City, with a seven day average of 32 deaths as of April 25
According to the latest data, the United States has reported a total of 32,230,809 Coronavirus cases and 574,330 deaths as of April 29
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Tuesday that fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless outside, except when attending crowded events like a concert, parade or baseball game.
The CDC said that outdoor transmission of coronavirus is exceedingly rare, accounting for less than 10 percent of cases.
Those risks are mainly linked to crowded events that can turn into super-spreader events, or people who were in close range of one another, the CDC said.
New York State has adopted the CDC mask guidance
This would be the first time New York City would be fully reopened since it first shutdown in March 2020 after it became the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic.
From March to June 2020 there were approximately 203,000 confirmed COVID cases reported in New York City, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.
New York City has recorded at total of 923,953 total cases with 32,461 total deaths.