On June 7th, Governor Cuomo announced that Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted once 70% of adult New Yorkers have received their first dose. This number supports the scientific findings that herd immunity can be reached when a minimum of 70% of the population is vaccinated.
The restrictions on deck to be lifted, or made optional at the discretion of individual businesses:
- Capacity restrictions
- Social distancing
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Health screening
- Contact tracing information
While those individuals who are vaccinated will not be subject to such restrictions, unvaccinated individuals will still need to continue to adhere to health guidelines put forth by the state in commercial and social settings. Additionally, all individuals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to adhere to guidelines when in these spaces:
- Large-scale event venues
- Pre-K to 12 schools
- Public transit
- Homeless shelters
- Correctional facilities
- Nursing homes
- Healthcare settings
The prospect for easing the aforementioned restrictions is high as New York has made great progress in vaccinating its inhabitants, with daily new cases dropping and vaccination rates generally climbing. According to Governor Cuomo’s statistics posted on his Instagram page yesterday June 10th, per the CDC, 69.1% of adult New Yorkers have received at least 1 vaccine dose and 60.1% have completed their entire vaccine series.
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