NEW YORK, N.Y. -- New York will lift more COVID-19 rules once 70% of adults have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.
That's a target Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he hoped his state could reach in days.
#BREAKING: Most remaining COVID restrictions will be lifted when 70% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.
We’re only 1.4% away from hitting that goal.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 7, 2021
About 68.6% of New York adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to Cuomo. The state vaccine tracker shows nearly 55% of the total population has had at least one dose so far, which includes kids 12 to 17 years old.
According to Cuomo, the following will be lifted when the state reaches 70% vaccinated:
- Capacity restrictions
- Social distancing
- Cleaning and disinfection
- Health screenings
- Contact information for tracing
The governor said mask requirements will remain in place, in line with CDC guidelines. There will also be some exceptions for large venues, schools, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, hospitals and other health facilities.
Health Commissioner Howard Zucker gave a conservative estimate of reaching the 70% threshold in early July. Cuomo guessed the state could hit that goal in just over a week.
To better target its vaccination efforts, Cuomo said the state plans to shift its focus to 1,755 zip codes with the lowest vaccination rates in the state, which are all below 37%. This includes areas of Montgomery and Jefferson counties.