Reaching the 70% vaccination mark, on Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a relaxation of almost all COVID-19 restrictions ranging from refreshed mask mandates to opening up businesses. A fireworks display celebrating the end of nearly all COVID-19 restrictions was also showcased last night.
Effective immediately, the state is lifting rules that require many types of businesses to follow cleaning protocols or take people’s temperatures or screen them for recent COVID-19 symptoms. Businesses will no longer have to follow social distancing rules, or limit how many people they can allow inside based on keeping people 6 feet (2 meters) apart. New York had previously allowed businesses to stop enforcing social distancing and mask rules for vaccinated patrons.
In addition, social gathering capacity restrictions have been removed, and health screenings, as well as the cleaning and disinfecting protocols, will no longer be required in New York.
But then again, some restrictions will still remain. New Yorkers, for now, will continue to have to wear masks in schools, subways, large venues, homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons.
“All the state-mandated restrictions are lifted on commercial social settings, sports and recreation construction, manufacturing, retail buildings, all across the board we can get back to living and businesses can open, because the state mandates are gone, social gathering restrictions, capacity restrictions, the health screenings, [and] the cleaning and disinfecting protocols,” said Cuomo.