New York City to Fully Reopen on July 1, Mayor Says

New York City will fully reopen staring on July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on April 29.

“We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” Blasio said during an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Restaurants, bars, gyms, shops, hair salons, and arenas are also included in the full reopening.

Blasio also said that students will come back to school at “full strength” in September.

Blasio also said that Broadway is expected to reopen in September as well, but smaller shows may open in July and August.

The announcement comes after over a year since the first lockdown began in the city in March 2020 when the city became the epicenter in the United States in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blasio cited the “extraordinary number” of vaccinated people for the “pathway to a full reopening.”

“We now have the confidence that we can pull all these pieces together and get life back really in many ways to where it was, where people can enjoy an amazing summer. This is going to be the summer of New York City,” Blasio said.

According to city data, the city has administered over 6.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of April 29.

“I’m saying as leader in New York City, we’re ready to come back and come back strong. All of the indicators show it. We’re focused on the data and the science,” Blasio said while acknowledging that the state government “always have a say.”

It was not made immediately clear if wearing of masks will still be required through the summer, as well as additional COVID-19 restrictions, such as providing proof of vaccination.

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