New York lifts COVID-19 restrictions as state reaches 70% vaccination rate

New York State lifted most remaining COVID-19 restrictions as the state officially reached a 70% vaccination rate Tuesday.

Posted: Jun 15, 2021 12:49 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2021 5:42 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York State lifted most remaining COVID-19 restrictions as the state officially reached a 70% vaccination rate Tuesday.

Gov. Cuomo made the announcement in New York City Tuesday, saying capacity restrictions, social distancing, cleaning protocols, health screening, social gathering limits and contact tracing requirements are all lifted in social and commercial settings.

This includes sports activities, child care, restaurants and food services, offices, amusement parks, gyms, personal care services and retail.

Mask requirements will remain in place according to CDC guidelines, which state unvaccinated people must still wear masks in public places. 

Cuomo also said in accordance with the CDC, masks will still be required in schools, on public transit and in health care settings.

Local leaders responded to Cuomo's announcement Tuesday, saying while this milestone is a victory, there's more progress to be made.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said:

"It’s clear we have made tremendous progress together battling COVID-19 in this past year. However, today’s announcement, much like every other made by the Governor during the course of this pandemic, was made with no communication, coordination or consultation.

While the crisis is over, the public health emergency is not. Oneida County will continue to prioritize vaccinating its residents as we work toward reaching a rate of 70 percent and beyond."

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, said, in part:

“While it is important to recognize significant milestones in our battle against COVID-19, the governor’s announcement today gives the impression that the pandemic is eradicated. Our fight against this virus has not ended, as is evidenced by the fact that people are still being encouraged by a variety of incentives to get the vaccine, certain health and safety protocols remain in place and community events, including upcoming Independence Day celebrations, have been canceled throughout the state.

Yes, we can celebrate this achievement and recognize the state’s essential workers. However, New Yorkers and their families, despite an increasing vaccination rate and decreasing rate of infection, continue to struggle to make ends meet. Restaurants, bars, small businesses, landlords and many others still face immense financial difficulties and uncertain futures. Our priority and focus must remain on helping the people of New York who continue to face significant challenges and not on potentially premature pronouncements from the governor and fireworks, whether publically or privately funded.

It is time for the Governor, as I have requested, to lift the state disaster emergency declaration that rests sole power and authority with him and to restore the Legislature as a co-equal branch of state government. I urge the Legislature to convene an extraordinary session if the Governor refuses to do so.”

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2514422

Reported Deaths: 56038
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings33302810840
Queens31485510285
Suffolk2388013596
Nassau2139053290
Bronx2073266748
New York1677674635
Westchester1434812338
Erie1057911944
Richmond887311933
Monroe838301183
Orange57344909
Rockland52979779
Onondaga51689758
Dutchess35490497
Albany30633388
Oneida28461585
Broome24233404
Niagara23884397
Saratoga20111198
Ulster17224278
Schenectady16592227
Rensselaer14692167
Putnam1244896
Chautauqua12318174
Oswego11556112
Chemung10798154
St. Lawrence10424126
Steuben10037173
Ontario9296110
Jefferson874874
Cayuga8613107
Sullivan843183
Wayne810384
Cattaraugus7622113
Genesee6945132
Herkimer6741128
Clinton666538
Tompkins647559
Fulton6258102
Madison6138102
Montgomery5890139
Livingston568071
Warren540782
Cortland531379
Tioga503671
Columbia4984111
Chenango465786
Allegany457196
Washington456467
Otsego454154
Greene435386
Wyoming434958
Orleans429487
Franklin423320
Lewis357138
Delaware352947
Seneca272563
Schoharie227721
Essex226831
Yates161028
Schuyler152417
Hamilton4353
Unassigned14826
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