De Blasio trashes Cuomo’s plan to reopen NYC, says his is better

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In the latest round of “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” between Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, the mayor trashed the governor’s plan to lift most coronavirus capacity restrictions on New York businesses later this month, saying that his own goal of a July 1 reopening for the Big Apple “makes all the sense in the world.”

“I think what the city announced, July 1 full reopening makes all the sense in the world because it gives us some more time to keep an eye on the trends, it gives us more time to get people vaccinated as we originally planned through the end of June,” de Blasio said of his plan, which was announced days before Cuomo’s, during a City Hall press briefing on Wednesday.

De Blasio added, “It’s also a full reopening. That’s what I am talking about — a full reopening with very, very few restrictions.”

Hizzoner announced his plan last week to have New York City “fully open” on July 1 — nearly a year-and-a-half after the COVID-19 shutdown.

Cuomo scoffed at the notion that de Blasio was announcing any reopening since most are controlled by his office and the mayor had not consulted with him first.

A man without a mask crosses a street in Manhattan, New York
A man without a mask crosses a street in Manhattan.
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But days later, Cuomo appeared to once again try to one-up de Blasio when he announced that most capacity restrictions on venues including restaurants, offices, churches, museums and theaters will end May 19 across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“What the governor has put forward we’ll work with is the bottom line,” de Blasio said Wednesday, explaining that Cuomo did not consult him about the plan. “It’s obviously different things in different phases. We’ll work with it, but we’ll keep an eye on it.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during opening of the new 181st Street busway in Washington Heights
Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan, COVID restrictions would be lifted on July 1.
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The mayor continued, “We’ll keep an eye to make sure the data and the science tells us everything’s OK, that’s the bottom line.”

“If we see something wrong, we’ll talk about what needs to be done to make the adjustment, but hopefully all the plans lead us to the exact same place — a fully reopened New York City this summer,” said de Blasio.

To date, the Big Apple has administered more than 6.6 million coronavirus vaccine doses since inoculation efforts began in mid-December.

Passengers exit a downtown subway car April 14, 2021 in New York City.
More than 6.6 million COVID vaccines have been administered since December.
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New York City’s COVID-19 positivity rate is continuing to drop as more people get vaccinated.

Gotham had a 2.6 percent infection rate on a seven-day rolling average as of Monday, city data shows.

According to the data, 121 people were admitted to city hospitals with suspected COVID-19 on Monday and the city’s seven-day rolling average of new virus cases was at 1,083.

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