Significant Easing Of COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions Announced
On May 3, 2021, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a significant easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on the region's businesses, venues and gatherings given significant progress in vaccinations and sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
Most capacity limits will be lifted on May 19, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, amusement and family entertainment, hair salons, barbershops and other personal care services. Capacity limits for houses of worship will also lift.
Beginning May 17, the MTA will resume full 24-hour subway service. The MTA will continue its disinfection and cleaning effort. The resumption of 24-hour service will coincide with the lifting of the 12am food and beverage service curfew for outdoor dining areas.