New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city will reopen “fully” on July 1, specifically mentioning “stores, businesses, offices and movie theaters” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questioned on MSNBC about whether the reopening will include indoor catering services, de Blasio has pointed out that, “based on the progress that’s been made in the city, we can get back to full capacity.”

The mayor was also asked if he believes that New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo could intervene to stop his reopening plans. In this sense, de Blasio has detailed that the federal and state governments “always have the last word”, but has insisted that the city “is ready to come back and do it with strength”.

“We know that the vaccination campaign is going to grow and grow,” he added, before stressing that, however, it is necessary to “continue to work hard.” “We have work to do, I want to emphasize that,” he has insisted.

Cuomo announced on Wednesday that the state of New York plans to eliminate the midnight curfew currently in force due to the COVID-19 pandemic for bars and restaurants on May 17. Specifically, the outdoor restriction will be lifted on that date, while the curfew will be eliminated for indoors days later on May 31. Prior to that, on May 3, New York authorities will allow seated drinking in bars.

New York State health authorities have so far counted more than two million infections in the region, including more than 51,600 deaths from the disease.

The United States is the country in the world hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 32.3 million infections and more than 574,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

However, the rapid progress of the U.S. immunization plan — more than 235 million have received the first dose and more than 98 million have received the second dose — makes it possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations on the use of masks for people fully vaccinated against the disease, who may omit them in certain situations.

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