New York City is on track to fully reopen on July 1.
The city has been enduring various restrictions since the pandemic began, but Mayor Bill DeBlasio hopes that will change soon. According to the New York Post, De Blasio has requested the complete removal of COVID-19 restrictions in the city, meaning restaurants, bars, stores, salons, gyms, arenas, music venues, movie theaters, and more will be able to operate at full capacity—although masks will still be required indoors.
“Our plan is to fully reopen New York City on July 1. We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” De Blasio said. “We have poured over the science and the data. This is going to be the summer of New York City. You’re going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”
“I think the best way to proceed here is to set out the city’s vision,” De Blasio added. “We’re going to work with the federal government, we’re going to work with the state government, but it’s quite clear it’s time to set a goal and move on that goal.”
De Blasio didn’t reveal any details in terms of how he plans to reopen the city, and also noted that he hasn’t touched base with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo about the reopening.
That being said, Cuomo has recently expressed his own optimism that New York will soon return to pre-pandemic normalcy.
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but until we get there it is more important than ever for each and every New Yorker to wear a mask, socially distance and follow all safety guidelines,” Governor Cuomo said in March.