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New York lifts most Covid restrictions ‘effective immediately’ now that 70% of adults have at least one vaccine shot

  • New York will lift most of its Covid-19 restrictions after the state reached an adult vaccination rate of 70%, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
  • Once a global Covid hotspot, the state now has one of the lowest positivity rates in the U.S.
  • More than 11.1 million of the state's residents have been vaccinated with at least one shot and about 9.8 million are fully vaccinated, according to state data.

People without mask walk at Times Square on May 19, 2021 in New York City.John Smith | Corbis News | Getty Images

New York will lift most of its Covid-19 restrictions now that 70% of all adults in the state have been vaccinated with at least one dose, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

Cuomo said all state-mandated restrictions on commercial businesses, social settings, sports and recreation events, construction, manufacturing and retail that were put in place beginning in March 2020 were being rolled back, "effective immediately."

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