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Cuomo drops ALL remaining COVID restrictions as New York State reaches 70% vaccination 

BREAKING NEWS: ‘We can return to life as we know it’: Cuomo drops ALL remaining COVID restrictions as New York state reaches 70% vaccination

  • Cuomo dropped remaining state laws on capacity in businesses and retailers on Tuesday
  • Now, it’s down to private businesses on how they enforce social distancing rules or vaccine passes 
  • It means concerts, sports games, theme parks, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and offices can now make their own rules on COVID 
  • Masks will still be worn on public transport because that is a CDC recommendation 
  • The advice beforehand was that businesses had to enforce social distancing if they couldn’t ensure that everyone is vaccinated 
  • They were allowed to operate at a 100 percent capacity, without social distancing, but only if everyone was vaccinated 
  • Now, employers can decide to bring back as many staff as they want, whether they are vaccinated or not 
  • Cuomo said on Tuesday that ‘we can go back to life as we know it’ 
  • He also said there will be firework displays all over the city tonight  

THE NEW RULES IN NEW YORK

PUBLIC TRANSPORT & TAXIS

Masks mandatory 

OFFICES 

No more capacity limits or social distancing laws

Masks: Employer’s discretion (unvaccinated people should still wear masks indoors, per CDC guidelines) 

STORES 

No more capacity limits by law; masks at store’s discretion 

BARS & RESTAURANTS 

Open at 100% capacity, masks: Business owner’s discretion 

HAIR & NAIL SALONS 

Open: Yes

Masks: At the business’s discretion 

SOCIAL GATHERINGS, PARTIES AND CONCERTS, SPORTS GAMES

No more capacity limits, masks not mandatory and venue’s discretion on whether or not people must be vaccinated 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has lifted all remaining COVID restrictions and declared the pandemic over in New York after vaccinations reached 70 percent on Tuesday. 

It mean concerts, sports events and night clubs can resume normal operations without enforcing capacity limits, social distancing rules or vaccine passes, nor do they have to make people wear masks if they don’t want to.

Offices can resume operating at a 100 percent capacity with no social distancing rules. 

The only rule that remains in place is the CDC’s rule on forcing people to wear masks on public transport. 

Everything else will now be down to the private business owner or employer.  

Cuomo spoke at The One World Trade Center where he spoke emotionally about how New York went from having the worst COVID numbers to the best in the country. 

As of Tuesday, the state test positivity rate is 0.4 percent. 

‘It means we can now return to life as know it. We have the highest vaccination rate in the country,’ Cuomo said. 

‘The state mandates that have proven right and correct are relaxed as of today. 

‘Effective immediately. 

‘Remember June 15. It is the day that New York rose again,’ Cuomo said.  

The vaccination rate in almost every part of New York is now 70 percent – that is the number of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

It is the number President Biden has given as a goal for July 4 for the country. 

New York State’s test positivity rate is now just 0.4 percent.’

Despite the increasing vaccine roll-out across America, President Biden has not yet opened the border to people from the UK, Europe, Ireland, Iran, Brazil or South Africa. 

Travel from India is also still banned but the country is going through the worst COVID explosion since the pandemic began.

There are no more restrictions on any of the above sectors across New York State as of Tuesday June 15 

Cuomo was jubilant as he made the announcement at the One World Trade Center. He is shown hugging Northwell Health Director of Patient Services Sandra Lindsey, who was the first to get vaccinated in the state

Cuomo was jubilant as he made the announcement at the One World Trade Center. He is shown hugging Northwell Health Director of Patient Services Sandra Lindsey, who was the first to get vaccinated in the state 

In New York City, there were just 158 cases of COVID over the weekend – less than 0.01 percent of the city’s population.

Rents are showing signs of economic recovery for the first time since last April – they were up by $14 in Manhattan, $50 in Queens and held steady in Brooklyn in April.

It is the first time they have not fallen since last year.

Cuomo’s guidance puts the onus on businesses to decide how to get people used to operating in pre-pandemic mode again.

Wall Street is already divided in how it’ll go about it; Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman said staff will have until Labor Day to return to the NYC office, or they’ll face repercussions that are yet to be decided. 

Anyone who relocated from New York City to a cheaper city and who wants to stay there to work remotely can expect a salary cut, he said. 

The news was welcomed by industry leaders who said it was long overdue. 

Some rules remain in place like the rent moratorium which means anyone who suffered financial hardship because of COVID cannot be evicted for not paying rent.

That will be in place until August and the tenant must show proof that they have suffered hardship. Anyone that didn’t pay rent throughout may still have to backpay. 

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