Cuomo: Most restrictions will go away once vaccination rate hits 70%
New York may be on the brink of a full reopening.
Gov. Cuomo announced Monday that the state will drop virtually all of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions. However, only when 70% of all adults have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
According to Gov. Cuomo, since the pandemic began, we have never been in a better position vis a vis COVID than we are today.
The governor calls where we’re at the light at the end of the tunnel.
At this point, 68.6% of the population in New York state has had at least one COVID vaccination shot.
If we reach 70%, the governor says he will feel comfortable telling New Yorkers we can relax all restrictions.
What that means is that capacity restrictions would be lifted, social distancing rules would be dropped, and cleaning and disinfection protocols would be eliminated.
Some mask-wearing rules would remain in place based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, but clearly we are on the doorstep of a long awaited milestone.
Mask restrictions will continue for now at large venues such as schools, public transit, homeless shelters, and correctional and health care facilities.
The school issue could be updated soon.
State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker sent a letter to the CDC asking permission to lift mask mandates at schools and summer camps.
Learn how quickly Gov. Cuomo says we could reach the 70% threshold by watching the video of Dan Levy’s story.