Mayor Bill de Blasio said this morning that the city plans to “fully reopen New York City on July 1… We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters — full strength…For artists and performers, it means a chance to do what you are so great at again, and a chance to bring joy to so many other New Yorkers.” But 1. He didn’t include Broadway (which he hopes will resume in September), 2. he does not have the authority to reopen, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has a history of undermining the mayor. (At Cuomo’s Covid update today, he said: “We’re not done with Covid yet. People are still dying.” Setting a date right now for reopening is “irresponsible.”) and 3. it depends on whether vaccinations continue on an upward trajectory and daily infections continue to decrease in size.
De Blasio spoke first on MSNBC and then at an hour-long press conference.
As of this morning, 5,943,896 vaccination doses have been administered in the city, according to the city’s Recovery for All website
As of this morning, just 29.5 percent of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated, and 33.1 percent in New York State, according to the Wall Street Journal.