The city that never sleeps is making a comeback this summer. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City will reopen 100% on July 1. “We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” de Blasio said on MSNBC.
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The city has been shut down since March 2020 when it was one of the epicenters for COVID-19.
Although Mayor de Blasio set a date for July, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wants the city open sooner. “I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do, we can reopen earlier,” Cuomo said.
The governor also announced the state would lift statewide dining curfews and the ban on bar seating.
“I don’t want to wait that long. I think if we do what we have to do, we can reopen earlier,” he said.
Restaurants, gyms, hair salons and arenas will be allowed to open at 100% capacity. Small theaters could reopen over the summer, and Broadway may reopen by the fall, CNBC reported.
To date, New York City has administered more than 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.