COVID reopening update: Most coronavirus restrictions end in New York, NJ and CT

NEW YORK (WABC) – Most coronavirus restrictions were lifted in the tri-state region on Wednesday, marking a big moment in the fight against COVID-19.

In New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut, almost all companies are licensed to operate at 100% capacity. But there are differences between states when it comes to masked mandates.

In New York and Connecticut, anyone who is fully vaccinated can safely drop the mask and stop social distancing, even indoors and in large crowds. It’s a different story in New Jersey, however.

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Capacity limits have been lifted and there are no longer mask or social distancing requirements for those who are fully immunized. The question remains, however, of how many companies will adhere to the CDC’s new directions.

Masks are still needed by everyone in many settings, including public transportation, airplanes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters, and millions of unvaccinated New Yorkers still have to wear them in most public places – although this is based on the honor system, which is of great concern.

Private companies can always set rules that go beyond state requirements, and it’s up to those companies or places to decide how to check a person’s immunization status, if they choose.

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And in New York restaurants, capacity limits are gone. If customers are vaccinated, restaurant and bar owners can pack them.

“When the guests walk through the door, the first question is asked, ‘Are you guys vaccinated? Can you prove it? Can you just show a little proof? “Said one owner.” And then, basically, ‘If you’re happy enough to take your mask off, you’re more than welcome to do it.’ “

However, there is still apprehension among customers.

“It’s going to be a little stressful, I think, because you’re so used to being careful and making sure you stay away from everyone,” one said.

We have learned that the masked CDC warrants caught Governor Andrew Cuomo off guard, which he expressed in a private appeal obtained by ABC News.

Yet the governor has aligned New York with the new directions.

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New Yorkers themselves have differing opinions on whether they will actually ditch face covers.

“As much as I love sporting events and concerts, I probably stay outside the arena a little longer until we know how safe it is,” said one resident.

And then there is the matter of trusting others.

“Not knowing who has been vaccinated or not, it makes me a little nervous,” said another. “So I will, even though I have been vaccinated, continue to wear my mask.”

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New Jersey has lifted capacity restrictions on most industries – including restaurants, gyms, barber shops, casinos, and places of worship – but despite the end of the Outer Mask mandate for the fully vaccinated, interior masking rules remain in force.

That’s because, according to Governor Phil Murphy, insufficient part of the state has been vaccinated, especially in urban areas.

“We are going to be able to take off our masks indoors in the not-so-distant future, as more and more people complete their immunization courses,” he said. “We just can’t yet because we need to know unequivocally that it won’t lead to a setback in our progress. Again, we have this virus on the run thanks to millions of you. “

Murphy also said the honor system was not an appropriate way to find out who was vaccinated.

“We don’t check anyone’s immunization status at the door when you go to the supermarket or a hardware store for example,” he said. “I don’t know how we can expect workers to be able to tell who is vaccinated against who is not, and it is unfair to put the burden on business owners and frontline workers. to monitor each customer.

Businesses have yet to enforce social distancing or install barriers.

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Critics say he doesn’t follow the science and those who fear getting the COVID-19 shot should get the shot.

Connecticut returned to 100% capacity in restaurants two months ago, even though tables still had to be 6 feet apart, but everything changed on Wednesday.

The state has now ended all COVID restrictions on businesses and restaurants have returned to full capacity with the lifting of curfews.

Masks are also no longer needed outdoors and indoors for fully vaccinated people.

“Indoor masking will still be necessary for those unvaccinated for a little longer,” Governor Ned Lamont said. “I think it’s the right thing to do. A lot of our stores, restaurants, said it comforted their customers, made us a little bit clearer. Unvaccinated people inside still have to wear them. masks. “

Densely populated states have other issues, but for those like Connecticut, with its high vaccination rate and relatively few urban areas, lifting mask requirements for fully vaccinated vaccinees is an easier decision.

“Unless you’re in a very small area, one of those particularly important events, where I would always recommend it, especially to those who aren’t vaccinated,” Lamont said.

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Businesses may still need masks if they choose.

“I think every store, business, restaurant can have their own rules that way,” he said. “At this point I think people are going to vouch for themselves. I hope we can count on them to do the right thing.”

Connecticut’s coronavirus positivity rate has been consistently low and it has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, with 49% of residents fully vaccinated and 59% having received at least one dose.


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