People walk and ride bicycles across the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the skyline of Lower Manhattan, New York on April 25, 2021.
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New York City will be back to full capacity starting July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday.
“Our plan is to fully reopen on July 1st. We are ready for stores to open, stores, offices, theaters and full strength openings,” said de Blasio on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Restaurants, gyms, shops, hair salons, and arenas will open at full capacity. Meanwhile, smaller theaters could reopen in the summer, and Broadway is slated to open by September. The schools will be “at full strength” again in the fall.
It is the first time in over a year that the city has fully reopened. New York City first closed in March 2020 when it became the original epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States
“We see that people have been vaccinated in exceptional numbers,” said de Blasio.
As of Wednesday, New York City had administered more than 6 million doses of Covid vaccines, with approximately 36% of the city’s adult population being fully vaccinated, according to the city. More than half of the city’s adult population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.
“This will be New York City’s summer,” said the mayor. “I think people will flock to New York City because they want to live again.”
On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state would lift the curfew on restaurants nationwide and ban a bar ban in the city from May. Bar seating is permitted in New York City from May 3, while the curfew for outdoor dining ends at midnight through May 17. Meanwhile, the indoor meal curfew will expire on May 31st.