Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to lift "virtually all" pandemic-related restrictions when 70% of adult New Yorkers have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, he told reporters Monday.
New York is 1.4% away from hitting that goal, he said.
"We're at 68.6, almost there, but this isn't horseshoes. We want to be at 70% — 1.4% to go. And then we can lift the capacity restrictions, social distancing, the hygiene protocols, the health screenings, the potential tracing," the governor said.
"Masks will only be required as recommended by the CDC. There will still be some institutional guidelines, large venues, schools, public transportation, hospitals, nursing homes, but we hit 70%, we will be back to life as normal or as normal as you can be post Covid," he added.
When asked about vaccination enforcement at stadiums, state budget director Robert Mujica said large venues like stadiums should be verifying vaccine status and enforcing masks and social distancing in unvaccinated sections.
Some background: There were at least 799 Covid-19 hospitalizations statewide Sunday and at least nine Covid-19 fatalities were recorded.
The Covid-19 positivity rate in every region across the state is below 1%, Cuomo said.
New York state schools will no longer be mandated to require that students wear masks outdoors on school grounds. Local school districts may now make individualized restrictions accordingly, Cuomo said, but still must require masks indoors per US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Cuomo's administration discussed the move with CDC officials with the goal of aligning school and summer camp guidelines, he added.