Once COVID-19 epicenter, New York City to reopen completely on July 1

New York City, once the COVID-19 epicenter, is finally going to fully reopen for business activities from July 1.

Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the same on Thursday. The declaration commemorates a spirited bounce back for the city which lost the lives of more than 10,000 people in just the first month of the pandemic.

De Blasio stated on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open.” He added,  “Offices and theaters, would be able to operate at “full strength. City officials are confident that they can get life back to the normal level it was before the pandemic.”

He further shared that this is going to be the summer of New York City

While acknowledging, the expected threat of the new variants of COVID-19, the Mayor assured that the vaccines are proving very capable of curbing new outbreaks from those recently identified strains of the coronavirus. He further commended the progress to the “extraordinary” various people who have vaccinated against the coronavirus.

He reported that till now the New York City has recorded 6.3 million vaccinations, out of its total population of almost 8.3 million. Adding his thoughts on the collective effort on vaccination, he said, “We’ve got to keep working hard at that.”