Posted on 13/05/2021

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New York City plans to reopen completely to tourists in July

If you want to visit New York City, do we have good news for you! The city plans on opening up to tourists on July 1 2021. This reopening plan comes 16 months after the city closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the whole world.

If you want to visit New York City, do we have good news for you! The city plans on opening up to tourists on July 1 2021. This reopening plan comes 16 months after the city closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the whole world.

Reopening plans

According to Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, vaccination numbers are high, he told MSNBC's Morning Joe show that they plan to open stores, businesses offices and theatres "full strength" on July 1. Governor Andrew Cuoma has announced that bars will open from May 3, furthermore, the 12am food and drink service curfew will be lifted for outdoor dining from May 17 while indoor dining will start up again from May 31.

New York City & Company, which is the city's official destination and marketing organization, has revealed that they will be opening alongside the new outdoor dining spaces, chic new hotels and brand new transportation services. This reopening is a result of the $30 million marketing campaign investment that was announced by the mayor of New York. The ?NYC Reawakens' initiative aims to show that New York City is a "fairer, better and more vibrant city than ever before." - Songquan Deng / 123RF

The plans and initiatives concerning issues such as sustainability, diversity and spreading the budget equally between all five boroughs, but there is also an emphasis on using the lessons learned from having to shut down during the pandemic and finding new ways to implement them. One of these plans involves expanding outdoor dining into outdoor cafes, like you may find in other cities like Paris or Milan.

When the city opens once more, visitors will notice some changes made to the New York City transportation system when they arrive, this includes the brand new Moynihan Train Hall in the old Farley Post Office building on 8th Avenue. Other big changes include the big remodel of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, it now has 35 new gates and close to 50 shops and restaurants. Renovations at Newark Liberty Airport are nearly finished. Also, NYC Ferry has some new routes and extra stops on its original routes, it will now expand to all five boroughs of New York.