New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday morning on MSNBC that New York City is looking to reopen on July 1.

  • The city would “fully reopen,” which means there would be no restrictions on businesses, restaurants, retails and other locations.

The New York City mayor said people need to keep following public health guidelines for this to happen. But for now, the city is confident it can reach this milestone if vaccinations continue and people stay vigilant against COVID-19.

  • “We said a month or so ago, it was the variants versus the vaccination, what was going to win, which one was going to win the race. Vaccination is winning this race. ... COVID is plummeting,” he said, per The Hill.
  • “This is going to be the summer of New York City. You’re going to see amazing activities, cultural activities coming back. I think people are going to flock to New York City, because they want to live again,” he added.

Why does this matter?

According to Axios, New York City opening up completely would “be a major milestone for America’s most populous city, which was once the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.”

  • New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020. States across the country watched New York City deal with the pandemic, which was still new and fresh in many of our minds.

Any other details?

Per NBC New York, there’s no timeline for how the city would fully reopen. So it’s something people will want to keep an eye on as we inch closer to July.

  • “It’s not clear how phased the full reopening process could be or how it would align with state regulations,” according to NBC New York. “Smaller theaters could reopen over the summer and Broadway is on track for opening by September. Schools will be back at ‘full strength’ in the fall.”