NY to drop most restaurant restrictions on May 19

Nellie Chapman
May 4, 2021

"Every single day, NY state is moving forward in the footrace between the infection rate and the vaccination rate", Cuomo said in a statement.

Almost half of New York State residents have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, he said, and 36% of residents have been fully vaccinated.

These limits now vary between 33 and 75 percent capacity. The curfew on indoor service will not be lifted until May 31.

If all attendees are fully vaccinated or can show recent proof of a negative COVID-19 test, the distance requirement is waived. Businesses will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet.

In New York beginning May 10, the outdoor social gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people. The indoor social gathering limit rises to 250 people on May 19, up from 100.

City subway service will return to 24-hour operation on May 17 after being closed for cleaning during overnight hours since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic past year, the Democratic governor said. "We've been moving them for the previous year by bus and I'm thrilled that we can once again provide them with safe and efficient overnight SUBWAY service as well, as more COVID restrictions on businesses are lifted", Sarah Feinberg, interim president of NYC Transit, said.

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In addition, 70 new positive cases in Niagara County were reported on Friday.

Western New York had a 7-day average positivity rate of 3.38% - still the highest in the state - while the statewide 7-day average positivity rate was at 1.84%. Of those, 1,304 cases and 24 deaths were in the five boroughs.

Cuomo expressed optimism at the state's ability to return to normal with the state's vaccination campaign and the decreasing number of daily infections.

Gov. Murphy said New Jersey is putting into "overdrive" its vaccination effort, hoping to have 4.7 million New Jerseyans immunized by June 30.

Almost 35 percent of New Yorkers are fully vaccinated, including 32 percent of city residents.

"We're going to make this a moment of opportunity", he said. All residents ages 16 and older are now eligible to get the vaccine.

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