New York, Connecticut and New Jersey announce plans to fully reopen

Governors of the tri-state area announced plans to significantly ease COVID-19 capacity restrictions more than one year after the pandemic struck.
3:13 | 05/04/21

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Now to those hopeful signs about the pandemic. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have all announced plans to fully re-open as the number of Americans who received one does tops 146 million. Stephanie Ramos joins us from Broadway set to light up again soon, good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: George, good morning. Here on New York City's famous strip here on Broadway, well, pretty soon they'll be able to open doors and light up the marquee. Here in New York in two weeks most of those pandemic-related capacity restrictions will be gone. This morning, major re-openings across the country proving that summer could be close to normal. More than a year after covid hit, most pandemic-related capacity restrictions in the tri-state area will be lifted. New York and neighboring new Jersey ending capacity restrictions for most businesses like bars, restaurants and gyms on may 19th. New York increasing limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings at concerts and sports venues. It is irrefutable when you look at the numbers that new yorkers have made tremendous Reporter: Business owners looking forward to the change. The worst is over hopefully. Reporter: Connecticut taking similar steps easing restrictions and becoming the first to fully vaccinate 50% of adults. Florida going even further, governor Ron Desantis suspending all covid local public health Folks that are saying that they need to be policing people at this point, if you're saying that you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines. Reporter: But just over 6 million out of more than 21 million floridians are fully vaccinated so far, some local officials say it's too soon to take those steps. It does not make sense to me as to how the governor is simply declared that the crisis is over. Reporter: But the end of the pandemic may be in sight with the weekly case average nationwide dropping below 50,000 for the first time since October. But experts say the country may not reach herd immunity because of slowing vaccination rates and variants. President Biden urging people to get vaccinated. This is a debate into what constitutes herd immunity, 70%, 68%, 81%? My plea to everyone, get vaccinated now, please. Thank you. Reporter: The fda is expected to authorize emergency use of the pfizer vaccine for children as young as 12 years old and, George, that could come at any time. Stephanie, meantime, the pandemic continues to rage in India and the travel ban went into effect overnight which will have a huge effect on so many families. Reporter: Exactly, George, and Americans are still allowed into the U.S. Including legal U.S. Permanent residents, spouses and close family members of U.S. Citizens, I want to let you know also united and air India still operating nonstop flights getting this information between India and the U.S. Bringing those who are allowed in. For now we're told that will not be changing. Thanks very much. Now to that bombshell

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