Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted Monday the Big Apple will be prepared for full reopening by the beginning of July — as New York reached its lowest COVID-19 positivity rate in months and the city’s residents continue to get vaccinated.
“Look, we are going to be ready July 1. Eight weeks from now, New York City is going to come back, because we are making incredible progress,” Hizzoner said on Spanish-language TV network Telemundo’s morning show, Hoy Día.
“New Yorkers want a reopening, and they’re actually doing something about it, going out and getting vaccinated in extraordinary numbers.
“This is going to be an amazing summer in New York City, it’s going to be an exciting summer, and we’re going to be ready for it.”
De Blasio’s summer reopening optimism comes as New York State’s COVID-19 positivity rate over the weekend dropped to below 1.5 percent — the lowest since October, before the holiday season and winter surge, according to state data.
In the five boroughs, the seven-day positive case rate clocked in at just 1.78 percent on Saturday, when just 33 people died of COVID-19 in the Empire State.
However, the easing of the city’s COVID restrictions will not ultimately be decided by de Blasio, who has been repeatedly bigfooted by the governor throughout the pandemic.
On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo mocked the mayor’s July 1 reopening goal.
“I want it opened up on Monday. I want to open up New York City on Tuesday. I want it open on Wednesday. I want Buffalo opened up on Thursday,” Cuomo scoffed in a whiny voice at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
But the scandal-scarred governor went on to say he thinks the Big Apple will be fully reopened earlier than his perennial Democratic rival’s July 1 target date.
“I don’t want to wait that long,” he said. “I think we can do it before that.”
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