NYC will 'fully reopen' on July 1 -mayor

"All systems go, because you've earned it," announced Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday (April 29), thanking the citizens of the largest metropolis on the United States for their perseverance throughout pandemic.

"You've gone out, you've gotten vaccinated, you've done so much to fight through this crisis," he said.

De Blasio said stores, restaurants, theaters and beaches would all be open this summer.

"This is going to be the summer of New York City. We're all going to get to enjoy this city again, and people are going to flock here from all over the country," he said.