De Blasio: “Our Plan Is To Fully Reopen NYC On July 1st”


Mayor Invoice de Blasio expects New York Metropolis to “totally reopen” on July 1st, following over a yr of utmost restrictions supposed to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.

“Our plan is to completely reopen on July 1st,” a buoyant de Blasio declared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “We’re prepared for shops to open, for companies to open… places of work, theaters—full power. As a result of, look, what we’re seeing is individuals have gotten vaccinated in extraordinary numbers. 6.3 million vaccinations in New York Metropolis so far.”

He identified that folks can now stroll in and get vaccinated on the American Museum of Pure Historical past below the long-lasting blue whale (and get 4 free admission tickets after they achieve this). “Go over and do it right this moment, everybody!” de Blasio implored.

“We all know the vaccination effort goes to develop and develop,” the mayor added. “We gotta maintain working exhausting at that.”

De Blasio supplied few particulars on what “totally reopen” means in follow—he’ll presumably clarify extra throughout his common morning press convention—however did say that he thought eating places would have the ability to totally reopen, in addition to small theaters in the summertime, whereas Broadway productions would doubtless reopen in September.

“Based mostly on the entire progress, we will go to full power,” he insisted. “I would like individuals to be good about fundamental guidelines, use masks indoors when it make sense.”

“COVID’s plummeting. We now have the arrogance we will pull all these items collectively and get life again actually in some ways to the place it was the place individuals can get pleasure from a tremendous summer time. That is going to be the summer time of New York Metropolis,” he stated.

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Nonetheless, it is unclear how the state’s guidelines about reopening—and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s need to be the man in cost—will have an effect on de Blasio’s rosy outlook. When requested about whether or not Cuomo would want to offer his blessing, de Blasio stated, “I am saying as chief of NYC, we’re prepared to return again and are available again robust.”

Presently, 36% of New York Metropolis residents over the age of 18 are totally vaccinated, with 52% of adults having obtained a minimum of one dose. Israel reopened when 90% of its inhabitants, age 50 and up, have been vaccinated or had recovered from the coronavirus.

A graph showing the vaccination breakdown by age group; the most vaccinations are for NYC residents over 45


Vaccinations by age in NYC

NYC Division of Well being

“There was numerous hesitancy to start with that has lowered,” de Blasio stated. “Some people are by no means going to desire a vaccine… we’re encouraging docs to achieve out people to sufferers.” He famous that NYC lately opened city-run vaccination websites to walk-in appointments.

“What I am seeing increasingly more is that people are keen in the event that they know it is a easy and quick expertise,” he stated. “The overwhelming majority of individuals have not gotten [fully vaccinated] but. We will assist them get it.”

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Reporting by Andy Mai