New York hits 70% vaccination rate, CDC says; state to lift ‘virtually all’ COVID restrictions

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NEW YORK — New York hit its 70% COVID vaccination rate benchmark on Monday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows, meaning “virtually all” COVID restrictions should be lifted.

As of Monday, 70% of New Yorkers 18 years or older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the CDC. The state, however, said New York was at 69.9% as of Monday morning.

It gets even more confusing because the state’s data still shows a vaccination rate of 67.4%. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been basing the vaccination benchmark on the CDC.

Cuomo previously said New Yorkers can expect a return to “life as normal” or “as normal as you can be post-COVID” when 70% of adults have received at least one dose.

When the state hits that benchmark, Cuomo said “virtually all” restrictions and safety requirements across commercial and social settings will be lifted, including remaining capacity limits, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting mandates, health screenings and contact tracing.

However, mask requirements will remain in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Some restrictions will also continue in places such as schools, large venues, public transit, homeless shelters, correctional facilities and health care facilities.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the Governor’s office about when restrictions will be lifted but has not heard back.

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