Cuomo says 'major reopening' of New York to begin May 19
May 03, 2021 at 17:49
Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the state is preparing for a "major reopening" on May 19, with most coronavirus-induced capacity restrictions to be lifted at that time.
"Beginning Wednesday, May 19 most capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state area," Cuomo said.
No capacity restrictions on all of those activities."
This is the first time in more than a year that New York has seen an end to capacity restrictions, with the governor noting the state’s vaccination rate is largely behind the ability to reopen.
"Our positivity rate has been going way down dramatically; 50% decline in the last month," the governor said.
Vaccination rate: The exact opposite, it’s been going straight up.
We’re now up to 9 million New Yorkers with at least one dose, 7 million New Yorkers are fully vaccinated."
BIDEN SAYS SCHOOLS 'SHOULD PROBABLY ALL BE OPEN' IN FALLThat said, New York will continue to follow social distancing guidelines, especially in large crowds, Cuomo said.
The governor added that some businesses may also implement capacity restrictions of their own.
In addition to lifting capacity restrictions, the governor also said that outdoor dining curfews will end on May 17, while indoor dining curfews will end on May 31.
Residential gathering limits will increase to 50 on May 19, while outdoor stadium capacities will rise to 33% in New York on May 19.
This is a major reopening of economic and social activity, and it's coordinated regionally."