The Mayor of New York has announced that the city will “fully” reopen on July 1st.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this Thursday that the city would “fully” reopen on July 1, with particular mention of “stores, shops, offices and cinemas” in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic .

When asked by MSNBC whether the reopening would include indoor catering services, De Blasio said that “the progress made in the city allows us to return to full capacity”.

The mayor was also asked if he believes New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo could step in to halt his reopening plans. With this in mind, De Blasio has stated at length that the federal and state governments “always have a word”, but insisted that the city “is ready to come back and do this by force”.

The Mayor of New York has announced that the city will “fully” reopen on July 1st.
The Mayor of New York has announced that the city will “fully” reopen on July 1st.

“We know the vaccination campaign will grow and grow,” he added before stressing the need to “keep working hard”. “We have work to do, I want to emphasize it,” he said.

Cuomo announced on Wednesday that New York State plans to lift the current midnight curfew for the COVID-19 pandemic for bars and restaurants on May 17. Specifically, on the above date, the outdoor curfew will be lifted, while the indoor curfew will be lifted days later, on the 31st of the same month. Before the New York authorities allow drinking in bars on May 3rd.

New York state health officials have so far counted more than two million infections in the area, including more than 51,600 deaths from the disease.

The United States is the hardest hit country in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 32.3 million infections and more than 574,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

However, the rapid progress of the U.S. vaccination schedule – more than 235 million received the first dose and more than 98 million the second – allows us to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

On the same Tuesday, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, acronym for English) issued new recommendations on the use of a mask for people who are fully vaccinated against the disease and who may be left out in certain situations.

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