As COVID-19 cases decrease and the number of vaccinations in the United States increases, governors make plans to reopen businesses, resume public transportation, and lift public health restrictions.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Monday to the hill. He also signed a bill passed by the legislature last week that allows him to overturn local emergency orders from July 1 and said his executive order suspending the restrictions will immediately “exceed the gap ”by July 1.
“I think that’s what needs to be done based on the evidence,” he said during a press conference. “I think people who say they have to keep an eye on people right now … don’t believe in it vaccines, do not believe in data, do not believe in science “.
On Monday, the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut posted a joint ad that many restrictions will be removed on May 19, including limits on subway service, theaters and retail stores.
“The tide is turning against COVID-19 in New York and, thanks to our rising vaccination rates as well as our successful data-driven regional approach, we can … keep moving toward normalcy,” he said. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in the statement.
In two weeks, most businesses will be able to reopen completely and business capacity limits will be removed as long as customers or families can keep a distance of 6 feet. The new standard will apply to many industries, including retail, food services, gyms, amusement parks, entertainment venues, hair halls and houses of worship.
Outdoor social gathering limits will increase from 200 to 500 people on May 10 and indoor social gathering limits will increase from 100 to 250 people on May 19. At event venues, social gatherings may exceed the limits if attendees have vaccination tests or a negative COVID-19 test. The New York subway will also resume 24-hour service on May 17.
Several states are also beginning to facilitate mask mandates to align with the CDC guidance and give people an incentive to get vaccinated. Nevada announced Monday that those who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks outdoors, according to to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
California also updated its mask guide Monday to allow those who are fully vaccinated to take off their masks outdoors. to the Chronicle of San Francisco. In California and Nevada, vaccinated people still have to wear masks in crowded outdoor settings, such as festivals, sporting events and performances.
During Monday’s announcements, state officials encouraged more people to get vaccinated to curb the spread of the virus coronavirus and will lead to a further reduction in restrictions this summer. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a “Shot and a Beer” program that allows people over the age of 21 to get a free beer at participating bars and breweries this month if they get their first drink in May, according to and ABC News.
Last week, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced a similar promotion that allows people to get a free drink at certain Connecticut restaurants from May 19-31 if they show their vaccine card. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has also announced that residents between the ages of 16 and 35 will receive a $ 100 savings bond to get vaccinated.
“We need that boost,” Perry Halkitis, a doctor, dean of the Rutgers School of Public Health, told ABC News. “You have to find a way to motivate people. That’s one way to do it.”
New York State: “Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Significant Relief from COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions on Businesses, Meetings, and Venues.”
The Hill: “DeSantis suspends Florida’s remaining COVID-19 restrictions.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Nevada facilitates mask mandate to align with CDC guidance.”
Chronicle of San Francisco: “It’s official: outdoor face masks are no longer required in California to fully vaccinate them.”
ABC News: “New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Residents Who Get Vaccinated in May.”