NYC, NJ and Connecticut to Ease Capacity Restrictions, Florida Ends All Restrictions

TUESDAY, May 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Shops, restaurants, theaters and other businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be allowed to operate at full capacity starting May 19 as long as there is space for people to maintain 6 feet of social distance, the three states announced Monday.

"It's a smart reopening. It's a measured reopening," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, CBS News reported.

Also on Monday, Florida ended all COVID-19 restrictions.

Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended all local COVID-19 emergency mandates immediately and issued an executive order to outlaw all local COVID-19 emergency mandates in the state, effective July 1. He noted that the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the state has now exceeded demand.

"What I'm going to do is sign the bill, it's effective July 1," DeSantis said. "But then to bridge the gap between then and now, I am going to suspend, under my executive power, the local emergency orders as it relates to COVID. I think that's the evidence-based thing to do."

But while many parts of the United States are opening back up, nearly half of Oregon was shut back down by Gov. Kate Brown due to one of the largest increases in infections nationwide, CBS News reported.

Brown declared 15 counties an "extreme risk" and banned all indoor dining and limited gyms and indoor entertainment spaces to six people at one time.

"This virus is like a sucker punch. You never know when it's going to get you," Brown said, CBS News reported. "Right now, it's truly a race between the variants and the vaccines. Obviously the variants are winning. But over the next couple of weeks, I'm confident we can beat it back," Brown said.

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