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Mayor Bill de Blasio Says NYC Will Reopen July 1st

Quarantine is over in New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio!

As reported on NBC, the city will be “fully open” on July 1. Today (April 29) on Morning Joe, he said, 

“We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength.”

NYC had been shut down since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. According to the report, restaurants, hair salons, and arenas will open at total capacity. In the fall, schools will be back at “full strength.” Smaller theaters are gearing up to open by the summer, and Broadway shows in September. 

On April 28, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced NY is lifting curfews statewide and a ban on bar seating in the city starting in May. Starting May 3, patrons can sit at bars. The outdoor dining midnight curfew is set to end on May 17. Indoor dining curfews expire on May 31.

Throughout the pandemic, some businesses operated with limited capacity with COVID-19 restrictions in place, like wearing a mask and staying socially distant. It’s not clear if, on July 1, there will be a mask mandate. 

Take a look at de Blasio talking about reopening the city during a news brief:

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