On May 19, stores, restaurants, gyms and offices will no longer have a capacity limit, but will still have to impose a social distance of 6 feet for everyone in an indoor space. Large indoor events will always be limited to a maximum of 250 people.
Fully vaccinated people will be able to sit together at outdoor events, like baseball games, but there will still be 6-foot social distancing limits for unvaccinated people.
Large outdoor stadiums will continue to be limited to only one third of total capacity; other outdoor public events will be capped at 500 people.
Rules will also be relaxed for gatherings inside private homes; up to 50 people can be gathered indoors and there will be no more restrictions on the number of people you can invite to an outdoor gathering at your home.
When he announced the partial reopening, Cuomo said he wanted to proceed with some caution.
“The key is smart reopening. Reopening is not a light switch. We’ve said it from the start, it’s not completely closed. Close the light switch, fully open the light switch, ”Cuomo said. “It’s a smart reopening. It is a measured reopening. “
Since that announcement more than two weeks ago, the state’s infection rate has continued to decline, with Thursday’s rate at 1.01%, the lowest since October 10. There are 1,767 New Yorkers in the hospital and 25 have died of the disease. Vaccinations are increasing, with 40%, or 8 million state residents fully vaccinated, although the vaccination rate has slowed in recent weeks.
The CDC has also eased mask restrictions for fully vaccinated people – fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most situations, including outdoors, in most indoor environments and they don’t. have more to distance themselves socially.
But Cuomo, in a statement released after the CDC announced the changes, said he wanted to consult with his health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, and talk to neighboring states before adopting the federal guidelines.
Connecticut and Pennsylvania quickly lifted their outdoor mask mandates. New Jersey and Massachusetts, like New York, are still waiting a bit.
The CDC says Americans who are vaccinated will still need to follow their state’s rules and follow regulations set by businesses or their workplaces.