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States Announce Reopenings, End of COVID Restrictions

As COVID-19 cases fall and vaccination numbers rise in the U.S., governors are making plans to reopen businesses, resume public transportation, and lift public health restrictions. In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, according to The Hill. He also signed a bill passed by the Legislature last week that…

As COVID-19 cases fall and vaccination numbers growth in the U.S., governors are making plans to reopen companies, resume public transport, and lift public health limitations.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all the staying COVID-19 limitations on Monday, based to The Hill. In addition, he signed a bill passed by the Legislature last week that permits him to overrule local emergency orders beginning July 1 and stated his executive order that suspends restrictions immediately will”bridge the gap” between today and July 1.

“I think that’s the evidence-based thing to do,” he said during a news conference. “I think folks that are saying that they need to be policing people at this point … don’t believe in the vaccines, you don’t believe in the data, you don’t believe in the science.”

On Monday, the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut published a joint statement  that lots of restrictions will be increased May 19, such as limits on subway assistance, theaters, and retail stores.

“The tide is turning against COVID-19 in New York, and thanks to our increasing vaccination rates, as well as our successful, data-based regional approach, we’re able to… keep moving towards returning to normal,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the announcement.

In 2 weeks, many companies will be able to completely reopen, and company capacity limits will be removed provided that customers or family parties may maintain 6 ft of space. The new rule will apply to a lot of businesses, including retail, food services, health spas, amusement parks, entertainment areas, hair salons, and houses of worship.

Outdoor social collecting limitations increase from 200 to 500 individuals on May 10, and indoor social assembly limits increase from 100 to 250 individuals on May 19. At event venues, social parties can transcend the constraints if attendees have proof of vaccination or a new negative COVID-19 test. The New York City subway will even restart 24-hour service on May 17.

Several countries are also starting to facilitate mask mandates to align with CDC advice and give individuals an incentive to get vaccinated. Nevada announced Monday that people that are fully vaccinated don’t have to wear masks outdoors, according into the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

California also updated its mask guidance on Monday to let those who are fully vaccinated to remove their masks outside, based to the San Francisco Chronicle.  In California and Nevada, vaccinated individuals still should wear masks in crowded outside settings, such as festivals, sports events, and performances.

During Monday’s announcements, state officials encouraged more people to get vaccinated to impede the spread of the coronavirus and immediate added easing of restrictions this summer. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy declared a”Shot and a Beer” program which makes it possible for people over age 21 to get a free beer in participating bars and breweries this month should they get their first shot in May, based into ABC News.

Last week, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a similar promotion which enables people to find a free beverage at particular Connecticut restaurants May 19-31 should they show their own vaccine card. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has also announced that residents ages 16-35 will get a $100 savings bond for becoming vaccinated.

“We need that push,” Perry Halkitis, PhD, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, told ABC News. “You have to find a way to motivate people. This is one way to do it.”

SOURCES:

New York State: “Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Significant Easing of COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions on Businesses, Gatherings and Venues.”

The Hill: “DeSantis suspends Florida’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Nevada eases mask mandate to align with CDC guidance.”

San Francisco Chronicle: “It’s official: Face masks are no longer required outdoors in California for fully vaccinated.”

ABC News: “New Jersey offers free beer to residents who get vaccinated in May.”

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