Mayor DeBlasio: NYC to Fully Reopen July 1

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio

In a sweeping statement, de Blasio declared that New York City will be ready for reopening as of Thursday, July 1, marking the first time it was open for business since the shutdown began in March a year ago as COVID-19 rapidly spread through the region.

"We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full-strength", Hizzoner said in an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

Asked whether the July 1 reopening was a definite plan or a goal, de Blasio spokesperson Bill Neidhardt said in an email, "It's a plan/goal". The mayor did not say if the mask mandate will remain in place. "Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July 1". "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 know the vaccination effort is going to grow and grow".

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The mayor said much of the reason for his optimism for the country's largest city being able to get back to a normal level of operating was that 6.3 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the city of some 8.3 million people.

The mayor also admitted the final decision on reopening will ultimately be made by the state government.

On Wednesday, Cuomo announced the restaurant curfew would be lifted on May 17, as well as catered affairs where people have been vaccinated or provided a negative COVID-19 test. Patrons will be permitted to sit at the bar again and dancing will be permitted at catered events beginning on May 3. State lawmakers in Albany have already said restrictions on bars and restaurants will be lifted in May.

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