Spring Covid Update: Moving Ahead With Reopening

Well, the Winter of Covid is finally in the rearview mirror and things are looking up in New York and much of the country. In early May, the Governor announced that most restrictions in the Tri-State region will be lifted on May 19; see details at bit.ly/May3update. With 50 percent of New Yorkers fully vaccinated, and 60 percent at least partially vaccinated, the test positivity rate has dropped to below 1 percent for the first time in months. And beaches and pools will be open by Memorial Day, with six-foot social distancing rules in effect.

Under the latest reopening guidelines, indoor social gathering limits increase to 250, and the outdoor gathering limit increases to 500. Restaurants will no longer have capacity limits, as long as tables remain six feet apart. Large-scale indoor venues increase to 30 percent capacity while indoor large-scale venues increase to 33 percent. Both require proof of vaccination or negative Covid test for entry.

“The tide is turning against COVID-19 in New York, and thanks to our increasing vaccination rates, as well as our successful, data-based regional approach, we’re able to take more steps to reopen our economy, help businesses and workers, and keep moving towards returning to normal,” Governor Cuomo said.

On May 17, the NYC subways will return to normal 24-hour schedules, while the midnight curfew will be lifted on outdoor dining and beverage service.

On April 29, Mayor de Blasio announced that bars, restaurants and tourist sites will have a “full reopening” on July 1. For the latest reopening regulations from the Mayors office, visit on.nyc.gov/2PLZYQc.

Flowers and trees are blooming in Central Park, and the construction boom is going strong.
Outdoor dining is here to stay in curbside and sidewalk street sheds, with outdoor music making a comeback.
Coney Island amusement park is open again. People are flocking to the Boardwalk, the Aquarium and the restaurants.