De Blasio and Cuomo clash over reopening the city

Governor projects earlier return to normalcy than mayor’s July 1 plan

New York /
Apr.April 29, 2021 02:29 PM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

New York City will surely reopen. The question is when.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that businesses will be able to reopen at full capacity July 1, bringing an end to lockdown restrictions that have been in place for more than a year now.

“We are ready to bring New York City back fully on July 1, all systems go, because you’ve earned it,” de Blasio said. “This is going to be the summer of New York City.”

But, as usual, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had more to say.

“I don’t want to wait that long,” Cuomo said when asked about the plan. Still, the governor did not say when a full reopening would come, suggesting that officials need to continue examining the data.

Cuomo additionally likened the pandemic response to a war.

“We watch it everyday,” Cuomo said. “As the enemy moves, we move”

The city has been gradually easing restrictions on businesses for months. The midnight curfew for restaurants will end on May 17 for outdoor dining and May 31 for indoor dining. Offices, stadiums and other facilities will similarly see their capacity limits raised in May.

Restaurants, however, continue to operate at 50 percent capacity in the city and 75 percent capacity in the rest of the state.

De Blasio has shown an eagerness to return to normalcy in other ways. In March, his administration mandated that municipal employees return to their physical offices May 3.





    Related Articles

    arrow_forward_ios
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator James Skoufis (Credit: Getty Images, NY Senate)
    Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind LLCs anymore
    Owners of some residential properties can’t hide behind LLCs anymore
    Governor Andrew Cuomo and 538 Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn (Credit: Google Maps and Getty Images)
    Landlords take another hit: Cuomo signs expanded Loft Law
    Landlords take another hit: Cuomo signs expanded Loft Law
    Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Getty Images)
    Cuomo wants to exempt NYC from prevailing wage bill
    Cuomo wants to exempt NYC from prevailing wage bill
    Seth Weissman, Financing
    Urban Standard wants to rescue property owners from high interest rates
    Urban Standard wants to rescue property owners from high interest rates
    From left: Michael Dell with 25 Water Street, Alex Sapir with 261 Madison Avenue and Marc Holiday with One Madison Avenue (Getty, Edge Funds, Sapir Organization, SL Green)
    Office properties (yes, office!) got Manhattan’s biggest December loans
    Office properties (yes, office!) got Manhattan’s biggest December loans
    Eric Adams, Kim Darga
    Basement apartment pilot fizzles, showing need for state action
    Basement apartment pilot fizzles, showing need for state action
    Salim Assa with 15 West 55th Street
    Troubled Midtown rental saga headed for a foreclosure finale
    Troubled Midtown rental saga headed for a foreclosure finale
    Atlas Hospitality Brokerage president Alan Reay (Atlas Hospitality Brokerage)
    Listen: Inside the looming distress across the hotel market
    Listen: Inside the looming distress across the hotel market
    arrow_forward_ios

    The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

    Loading...