Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced on Monday that the overwhelming majority of New York’s coronavirus restrictions and security measures shall be lifted as soon as 70% of adults have acquired not less than one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine—which he estimated might occur inside the subsequent two weeks.
All capability restrictions, social distancing, cleansing and disinfection necessities, well being screenings ,and call tracing can be lifted. He added that some masks necessities might stay based mostly on suggestions from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. There may also be “institutional pointers” for big venues (together with ones with unvaccinated sections), faculties, public transit, hospitals, and nursing properties.
WNYC/Gothamist reached out to the mayor’s workplace to see in the event that they had been conscious of this announcement earlier than the governor made it. A spokesperson for the workplace stated, “We’ll assessment the steering however it’s clear that getting vaccinated is the important thing to creating this the Summer time of New York Metropolis. For those who haven’t gotten your shot but, there’s no day like immediately.”
Cuomo did not clarify the rationale behind the 70% goal nor why the state targeted on not less than one dose as an alternative of full vaccination. During the last two weeks, Public Well being England has reported that the Delta variant, a mutant that originated in India, reduces the effectiveness of 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine by 15-20%. However the governor famous that New York at present has one of many lowest positivity charges in your complete nation—and that each one areas within the state are under 1% positivity for the primary time since final August. He added that 68.6% of grownup New Yorkers had acquired not less than one dose of vaccine as of Monday.
#BREAKING: Most remaining COVID restrictions shall be lifted when 70% of grownup New Yorkers have acquired not less than one dose of the COVID vaccine.
We’re only one.4% away from hitting that aim.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 7, 2021
“The sunshine on the finish of the tunnel is to take away the remaining COVID restrictions, get to a degree the place COVID is just not inhibiting our society, not inhibiting our development,” Cuomo stated. “Once we hit 70%, then I really feel comfy saying to the individuals of this state, we are able to loosen up just about all restrictions…We shall be again to life as regular, or as regular as life might be versus COVID.”
Again initially of Might, Cuomo introduced that the majority capability restrictions for companies, eating places and cultural venues can be lifted by Might nineteenth.
The governor acknowledged on Monday that vaccination charges have “slowed dramatically” and that 12-17-year-olds signify the age demographic with the bottom vaccine price. Cuomo attributed this pattern to the truth that they solely grew to become eligible just lately and that messaging had been targeted on adults and never teenagers for the previous 12 months. However he stated his administration’s focus was on concentrating on the zip codes with the bottom vaccination charges, which he plans to publish on a state web site.
“What I am asking [is], let’s all focus-target these zip codes,” Cuomo stated. “Metropolis, state, voluntarily organizations, church buildings, community-based organizations, focus swat groups on these zip codes. As a result of [there’s] an actual likelihood, the numbers are very low, we are able to get a very important enhance there.”
Cuomo additionally weighed in on the confusion concerning the state’s college masking coverage. On Friday, the New York state well being commissioner stated his division would transfer to not mandate masks for public college college students, academics and employees until the CDC offered extra proof to assist the coverage. New York Metropolis officers and the state Division of Schooling countered and stated they’d proceed to require masking at public faculties.
The governor stated Monday the CDC’s nationwide suggestions for faculties would not be modified for a number of weeks, however that the state desires to switch the federal steering by giving particular person college districts the selection of whether or not or to not have youngsters put on masks outside. He stated this swap would align guidelines for summer time camps and faculties within the state. Youngsters do not at present should put on masks outside at camps.
Cuomo additionally added that he thinks faculties needs to be vaccinating adolescents. Mayor Invoice de Blasio introduced final week that NYC would start piloting such clinics this summer time at choose areas across the metropolis.