“Remember June 15th” – Governor Cuomo Covid-19 Restrictions Announcement

June 15, 2021

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Governor Cuomo just finished a momentous announcement centered around the feat that we have long been waiting for: New York State’s vaccination rate has hit 70%!

Full of symbolism regarding New York’s past, present and future, the Governor labeled June 15th a day to always remember in his announcement. Drawing parallels to the post-9/11 climate in New York, the Governor cited many common similarities that Covid-19 has surfaced including: widespread fear,  naysayers, those who said New York will never come back, those who labeled New York a target, people fleeing, and, most importantly, a recovery that was not spontaneous. 

He also announced future plans to make New York a better place, jump-starting a new period of transition in which “we can now return to life as we know it… living, not just surviving, returns.”

Here were some highlights:

Vaccination rates:

  • New York State – 70%
  • North County – 63.9%
  • Finger Lakes – 69.0%
  • Capital Region – 74.4%
  • Mohawk Valley – 60.6%
  • Western New York – 69.5%
  • Central New York – 70.5%
  • Southern Tier – 68.4%
  • Mid-Hudson – 71.9%
  • NYC – 68.4%
  • Long Island – 75.3%

Restrictions lifted – effective immediately state-mandated covid restrictions are lifted across commercial and social settings:

  • Sports and recreation
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade
  • Child care
  • Camps
  • Food services
  • Offices
  • Real estate 
  • Buildings
  • Agriculture
  • Fishing 
  • Forestry 
  • Amusement and family entertainment
  • Personal care services
  • Gyms 
  • Retail
  • Malls
  • Movie theaters 

Additional restrictions lifted:

  • Social gathering and capacity restrictions
  • Social distancing 
  • Mask mandate
  • Health screenings
  • Cleaning and disinfection protocols
  • Ventilation and air filtration 
  • Contact tracing 

What restrictions are staying in place; per federal CDC mandates:

  • Large-scale event venues
  • Pre-K to 12 schools
  • Public transit
  • Homeless shelters
  • Correctional facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Healthcare settings

“New York is not reopening, we are reimagining” – future projects

  • New airports, upstate and downstate 
  • New LaGuardia airport, JFK airport, and airports upstate 
  • Rebuilding Manhattan 
  • Midtown plan 
  • A new Moynihan Train Hall 
  • A new Pier 76 Park
  • A new Penn Station
  • A new Port Authority Bus Terminal 
  • Second Avenue Subway will be extended to 125th St 
  • New Belmont Arena on Long Island 
  • Reconnecting with the waterfront: ROC The Riverway
  • Albany and Rochester
  • $29 billion investment in green energy 
    • Largest green transition in nation
  • First in-nation accessible and affordable broadband program 
  • Public health corps and citizen health corps training 
  • In order for us to learn from covid like we should have from past disease outbreaks 
  • Maximizing remote learning potential 
  • Telemedicine innovation 
  • Restoring public safety 
  • Helping the homeless 

What to look out for tonight:

  • All state assets will be lit in blue and gold,
  • Statewide fireworks will commence at 9:15pm to celebrate and honor essential workers 

Ending on a note of solidarity, the Governor highlighted the importance of remembering our motto – excelsior – in order to pull ourselves up, learn and be better, and reach out to our brothers and sisters in order to lift one another up to a height we’ve never reached before. 

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