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: 2144741

Reported Deaths: 53625
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings28693510515
Queens28186010017
Suffolk2038173412
Nassau1868083184
Bronx1863366595
New York1424754529
Westchester1311792296
Erie905071814
Richmond769801853
Monroe698271117
Orange48948847
Rockland47345758
Onondaga39420680
Dutchess29823447
Albany25001358
Oneida22802518
Niagara20228375
Broome18776367
Saratoga15691168
Ulster14096258
Schenectady13347206
Rensselaer11405145
Putnam1072593
Chautauqua9004146
Chemung7838137
Oswego769493
Ontario749993
Steuben7008147
Sullivan675876
St. Lawrence673897
Cayuga641792
Jefferson625368
Wayne584573
Cattaraugus577793
Genesee5456124
Herkimer5251110
Clinton487533
Madison460589
Livingston455560
Fulton446093
Tompkins442852
Montgomery4290128
Columbia4125104
Cortland396564
Tioga386963
Warren375762
Wyoming362053
Allegany357887
Chenango354677
Otsego349047
Greene346779
Washington319955
Orleans314383
Lewis283536
Franklin257512
Delaware242539
Seneca203057
Schoharie173019
Essex162926
Yates118226
Schuyler108914
Hamilton3182
Unassigned8712
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