New York sets up reopening date as COVID cases drop across country

New York City, once the epicenter of the pandemic, announced plans to reopen at full capacity in July, as more than half of the country reported a drop in coronavirus cases over the last week.
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Transcript for New York sets up reopening date as COVID cases drop across country
Here in New York once the epicenter of the virus mayor bill de Blasio announcing the city will fully re-open July 1st. Whit Johnson is live from Hudson yards here in New York with more. Good morning, whit. Reporter: Michael, good morning. It is quite the view from up here and it's been a long painful turnaround for New York City, much of it shut down for more than a year in this pandemic but now thanks to revved up vaccinations and plunging infection rate the mayor says get ready for a summertime comeback. Sciences of hope for the U.S. In the long fight against covid-19. More than half the country reporting a decline in cases over the last week. This is going to be the summer of New York City. New York City once the epicenter of the pandemic planning to fully re-open July 1st at 100% capacity. Music to my ears. We've been waiting a long time. They're ready to celebrate. Our newfound freedom if you Impacting everything from bars, restaurants, stores, even stadiums but most Broadway theaters will have to wait until September. We now can set this goal because we've been moving forward constantly. More and more vaccination, fewer and fewer infections, thank god. Reporter: Hard hit Michigan now seeing arop in cases, just two weeks ago Wayne county reported over 2,000 cases per day but that number is projected to dip below 500 by mid-may. According to the CDC 30% of the U.S. Is fully vaccinated and any day now the fda could expand authorization for use of the pfizer vaccine to include 12 to 15-year-olds but many are still nearly one in four Americans say they're not inclined to get a vaccine. Back here in New York, most of the re-opening decisions are actually up to the state, not the city. But governor Cuomo says that he hopes that some things could open up even sooner before July 1st as long as the numbers keep improving.

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