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On Thursday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio stated that the financial capital of the world will reopen July 1, according to CNBC.

“We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full strength,” de Blasio said. This is the first time the city will be fully open in over one year. New York City was the early epicenter of COVID-19 in the US.

Restaurants, gyms, shops, hair salons, and arenas are set to open at full capacity. Schools will be at "full strength" in the fall.

The current tally for coronavirus cases in New York City is 923,953 with 32,461 deaths as of Wednesday. Vaccinations have been processing as well in the region. As of Wednesday, more than 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

“What we’re seeing is that people have gotten vaccinated at extraordinary numbers,” de Blasio said. “This is going to be the summer of New York City. I think people are going to flock to New York City because they want to live again.”

There hasn't been any indication that masks will be lifted.

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