The Big Apple is getting ready to dust off the past year and welcome everyone back.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the metropolis will be fully reopened on July 1.
He made the announcement on MSNBC Thursday.
“We are ready for stores to open, businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” de Blasio said.
WABC reported that the plan has restaurants, stores, salons, gyms, theaters and arenas reopening at 100%.
The reopening could be adjusted, as the state government has to sign off on it, CNN reported.
De Blasio is citing the rising number of people who are vaccinated and the decreasing numbers of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
While the mayor said Broadway theaters could reopen starting July 1, it will likely take longer, and that full productions won’t be staged until September, CNN reported.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however, said he doesn’t want to project when the city or state could reopen.
“I want to open up New York City Tuesday. I want to open it up Wednesday. I want Buffalo fully opened on Thursday. You know, it’s a statewide management system. And we are managing it by the science, by the data. You look at the number, and you will see the rate of opening. I would hope — I am reluctant to make projections because I think they’re irresponsible,” Cuomo said, according to CNN.
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