COVID Vaccine Updates: ‘Open Boulevards’ Program to Expand Outdoor Activities in New York


NEW YORK (WABC) – New York’s Open Streets program is expanding – to allow more space for outdoor dining and community activities.

Several streets in the five arrondissements have now become car-free “open boulevards” on weekends.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Open Streets program turned miles of streets full of restaurants into open spaces.

The mayor said “Open Boulevards” will include cultural activities, community programs, landscaping and art installations.

Here are some other headlines from today:

NJ lifts outer mask mandate, while inner rules remain
Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that New Jersey will lift its outdoor mask mandate for all people in public spaces, while indoor rules remain in place.

Students will return full time for the 2021-22 school year
All New Jersey students will be back for full-time, in-person education for the 2021-22 school year, Governor Murphy announced.

NJ lifts state travel advisory
As of Monday, travelers to New Jersey are no longer required to self-quarantine as the travel advisory was lifted.

Radio City will be at full capacity to be fully vaccinated in June
The Tribeca Film Festival will open on June 9 at Pier 76 Park with a screening of “In The Heights” by Lin Manuel Miranda. The closing night will feature a red carpet on June 19 at Radio City Music Hall at full capacity, with an audience 100% vaccinated and mask-less.

The return of the New York marathon
The New York Marathon will return this year on November 7 to 60% of its capacity with 33,000 runners, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. Health and safety guidelines will be in place, subject to change as race day approaches. Registration opens on June 8.

New York State to Adopt CDC Mask Guidelines
Starting Wednesday, New York State will adopt the CDC’s new mask and social distancing guidelines for those vaccinated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

NYPD Adds More Agents to Transit Patrol as Metro Resumes 24/7 Service
As New York City resumes 24/7 subway service – and amid a recent spike in subway crime – the city adds 250 more NYPD officers to patrol its transit system , Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. The 250 additional agents, along with 2,500 already deployed and 500 added earlier, make this the largest NYPD transit deployment in more than 20 years, the mayor said.

Cuomo called by 6 county leaders to adopt CDC mask guidelines in New York
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to respond to six county leaders asking the state to adopt the CDC’s latest mask guidelines. The bipartisan group of county leaders is calling on the governor to follow through on what he has said throughout the pursuit of science.

Target no longer requires masks for fully immunized clients and workers
Target joins a list of companies that say fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks in their stores, following the CDC’s recommendation. Target, like Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Costco before it, says the policy only changes if local regulations allow.

Full-time metro service resumes, restaurant boundaries begin to soften
Slowly but surely, the restrictions imposed by the pandemic are easing in restaurants and on public transport in New York City. As of today, the city is lifting its midnight curfew for outdoor dining, and for the first time since May 6, 2020, New York’s subways have remained open overnight.

What the new CDC mask guide for restaurant meals means
The news that the Centers for Disease Control has changed their guidelines on COVID-19 masks for fully vaccinated people has raised new questions about what this means for patrons of bars and restaurants. The agency said Thursday that “fully immunized people no longer need to wear a mask or physical distancing in any setting, except when required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations. , including local businesses and workplace guidelines. “

CDC recommends that students keep masks in school for the rest of the year

The CDC recommends that school districts across the country maintain mask protocols at least until the end of this school year.

It comes days after the agency announced that fully vaccinated Americans can resume near-normal lives without a mask, with a few exceptions.


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