What there is to know
- Starting Friday, New York City’s restaurants, bars and personal care businesses join the rest of the state to accommodate customers up to 75% capacity
- Bar seats return to New Jersey the same day, as capacity increases for carnivals and outdoor fairs; indoor meals stay 50% in the Garden State
- But that will change soon – the tri-state area is 12 days away from the lifting of almost all trade capacity restrictions as the region advances in its recovery effort.
The city’s restaurants, bars and personal care businesses finally join the rest of New York City in welcoming customers up to 75% capacity on Friday, a day after the state recorded its lowest number of COVID daily deaths (23) since November 10.
At this point, increasing the capacity is really a phased way to an end, with the tri-state area as a whole planning to lift almost all remaining capacity limits in less than two weeks as part of the process. ‘a reopening effort coordinated by the governors of the three states. .
New Jersey will not budge its indoor dining capacity limit, which remains at 50%, but will completely evaporate on May 19 anyway. Governor Phil Murphy had planned a series of reopening measures next Monday, but postponed the date until Friday.
From now on, people can sit in New Jersey bars again (Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed New York City to do the same earlier this week), while the ability at events such as balls and weddings and other indoor gatherings like funerals, memorial services and political events increases to 50% or a maximum of 250 people.
People can also gather in groups of up to 500 people outdoors. For outdoor sites with 1,000 or more fixed places, capacity increases to 50% as long as social distance is maintained. Carnivals and outdoor fairs are included, Murphy said.
Restaurants and bars in the five boroughs are going to 75% of their capacity on Friday, and personal care companies are doing the same. In New Jersey, bar seats are opening again. NBC New York’s Jen Maxfield reports.
Social distancing will be needed in New York and New Jersey once the three states pull their main reopening lever on May 19, but governors in both states have said they are ready to change that rule if the CDC adjusts its guidance in response. matter.
Indoor masking will remain the norm for some time to come, however.
Governors from all three states say improvements in baseline viral levels along with increased vaccinations have fueled their reopening strategies. In Connecticut, which became the first U.S. state to fully immunize half of its residents, average daily new cases are down 33% in the past 14 days, while hospitalizations and deaths are down 30 % and 4%, respectively. Governor Ned Lamont had set May 19 as the date for Connecticut to lift all remaining trade restrictions ahead of Cuomo’s announcement earlier this week.
The declines in New York have been steeper, with declines of 46%, 28% and 7% in new daily cases, average hospitalizations and deaths despite an increase in testing (19%), according to data from New York. York Times. Daily averages of hospitalizations and deaths in New Jersey also fell, by 29% and 15%, respectively. The new daily averages of cases have dropped dramatically – by 60% – but are accompanied by 17% fewer tests.
Immunization rates have fallen in the tri-state region and nationwide in recent weeks, prompting states and cities, even counties, to launch creative ways to speed up the process. About two dozen New Jersey breweries are offering a free drink to people who show proof of vaccination in May, while the Yankees and Mets will offer free tickets to upcoming games to fans who get vaccinated in one of their stadiums during a match.
New York City, the state and New Jersey have all opened their vaccination sites to walk-in people of any eligible age, and more pharmacists, from CVS to Rite Aid, are doing the same – one more powerful effort to encourage vaccinations among the less motivated. .
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To date, New York State has fully immunized 37% of its total population (46.3% of its population aged 18 and over), while nearly half (47.5%) of residents have received at least one vaccine. Among people aged 18 and over, over 59% received at least one dose.
About 57% of New York City residents aged 18 and over can say the same, while 42.7% of that city’s population is fully vaccinated (and 34% of the total population).
Even as it seeks to increase its own vaccination rates, the city is launching a new concept – free vaccines for tourists via a mobile van at popular attractions – to speed up the process. The idea is simple: the more people vaccinated in the city, the better. And if they’re here to funnel money into the pandemic-stricken economy, that’s a victory too.
In New Jersey, more than 3.4 million (about 39%) residents are fully vaccinated, putting Murphy about 73% of the way toward his goal of fully inoculating at least 4.7 million Garden State adults. by June 30. accounted for only 10% of the total doses administered, while people aged 16 to 17 years accounted for only 1% of the total.
Eligibility for the vaccine may soon open to those under the age of 16, with the FDA expected to clear Pfizer’s vaccine for use in children ages 12 to 15 as early as next week. The company sought full FDA approval for its vaccine on Friday. Pfizer is also the only vaccine approved for 16 and 17 year olds.
Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to extend emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents aged 12 to 15.
Nationally, the latter makes up just 0.7% of the fully vaccinated U.S. population, while 18-29 year olds make up 10.4% of U.S. adults who have completed their streak. President Joe Biden has set a goal of giving at least one dose of the vaccine to 70% of American adults by July 4. Right now, the country is around 57% on this metric.
Almost 42% of American adults are fully vaccinated, although the ratio is higher among those 65 and older, of which 70.2% can say the same.