A Target Date for a Full Reopening in New York City

By Troy Closson

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It’s Friday.

Weather: Wind gusts could exceed 50 m.p.h. Mostly sunny, but chance of a sprinkle; high in the upper 60s. Sunny on Saturday, high in the mid-60s. On Sunday, partly sunny, high in the mid-70s.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended today for Orthodox Good Friday. In effect tomorrow.

The hope for a return to vibrant city life in New York is no longer just a distant dream.

On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city aims to fully reopen on July 1, allowing businesses, including restaurants, stores and nightclubs, to operate at full capacity.

His promise was not a clear decree: The mayor has little authority to eliminate virus-related restrictions. But the penciled-in goal marks a symbolic shift for a city devastated by the pandemic.

“We now have the confidence we can pull all these pieces together, and get life back together,” Mr. de Blasio said. “This is going to be the summer of New York City.”

[Read more about the July 1 reopening target.]

What does this mean for New Yorkers?

The city’s goal includes a full reopening of gyms, hair salons, arenas, theaters and museums. Mr. de Blasio said that he also wants uninterrupted service on the subway — currently closed for cleaning from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. — to return in July.

Some restrictions on bars and restaurants have also already been removed or will phase out next month.

So it’s official then?

Not quite.

The power to lift virus-related restrictions largely lies with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, whom Mr. de Blasio said he had not spoken with about the reopening target. (The two have often disagreed on the best path forward.)

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