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N.Y.C. Indoor Dining to Go to 75% Capacity, Governor Says

Restaurants in New York City can broaden indoor eating to 75 p.c capability starting on May 7, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stated Friday, an growth already obtainable to eating places in the remainder of the state.

The governor additionally stated town’s gyms and health facilities will develop to 50 p.c capability starting May 15. Hair salons, barber outlets and different personal care providers can transfer to to 75 p.c capability on May 7, he stated.

The announcement comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that New York City would totally reopen on July 1, after a greater than a year of virus-related restrictions imposed by the governor.

After months of persistently excessive case numbers throughout a second virus wave, town has began to flip a nook, notably because the climate has warmed and drawn residents exterior. Public well being officers and epidemiologists anticipate vaccinations to proceed to drive down new instances over the subsequent two months.

Still, they’ve acknowledged that the virus will possible stay a menace, not less than to some extent.

At a information convention on Thursday, Mr. Cuomo scoffed at Mr. de Blasio’s feedback, emphasizing that the state was in cost. He stated that he was “reluctant to make projections” on a reopening date, saying that doing so can be “irresponsible.”

Even so, the governor, who has moved not too long ago to roll again restrictions, stated that he too was hopeful {that a} wider reopening was within reach, presumably earlier than Mr. de Blasio’s aim.

“I think that if we do what we have to do, we can be reopened earlier,” Mr. Cuomo stated.

Michael Gold contributed reporting.