NEW YORK (UKTN) – New York City will “fully reopen” from July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday morning.
The mayor said it would lift capacity limits for places with restrictions, such as bars, restaurants, theaters, museums and gymnasiums.
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“We can now set that goal because we are constantly moving forward – more and more vaccinations, less and less infections, thank goodness,” he said. “But we have to keep doing this everyone.”
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De Blasio said he did not speak with Gov. Andrew Cuomo before announcing the plan to reopen.
“I think the best way to do it here is to expose the vision for the city,” the mayor told UKTN’s Hazel Sanchez. “We’re going to work with the federal government, we’re going to work with the state government, but it’s pretty clear – you’ve just seen the indicators, you’ve seen the number of vaccinations – it’s quite clear that it’s time to set a goal and move towards that goal. “
UKTN contacted the governor’s office to see if they would get final approval.
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