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New York State to lift remaining restrictions when state hits 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-07 15:06:53-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted when the state hits 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate.

The current NYS vaccination rate is 68.6%, the governor said when the 70% COVID-19 vaccination rate is reached remaining restrictions will be lifted across commercial and social settings which include:

  • Capacity restrictions
  • Social distancing
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Health screening
  • Contact information for potential tracing

The state says the 70% vaccination rate is for those who have received at least one dose.

The mask requirements for unvaccinated individuals remain in place, consistent with CDC guidance.

According to the state, the following institutional restrictions will remain in place until more New Yorkers are vaccinated:

  • Large venues
  • Schools
  • Public transit
  • Homeless shelters
  • Correctional and healthcare facilities

When asked Monday how long it would take the state to reach the 70% vaccination rate, Cuomo said he believed it would take eight days.