New York is lifting all state-mandated coronavirus restrictions after reporting that 70% of the state’s adults have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday.
In a news conference, he told that “It is an important milestone, and we’re going to keep pushing to do more.” to encourage more New Yorkers to get vaccinated.
Restrictions across social and commercial settings have lifted immediately. Cuomo said certain limitations based on the guidelines received from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remain in place.
Industry-specific restrictions, which had been in effect before Tuesday, included capacity limits of 50% for retailers, 33% for gyms and the lesser of 33% or 100 people for movie theaters.
Businesses will no longer need to require vaccinated people to wear masks and maintain six feet (2 meters) of distance. Unvaccinated residents must still wear masks and maintain distancing in public, and may need to show proof of a recent negative coronavirus test to gain entrance to some event venues, the governor’s office said.
Cuomo, whose state was the epicenter of the US Covid-19 public health crisis last year, also said individuals and businesses could still choose to adopt some precautions.