Update on Vaccination Administration Efforts, NYC Council Passes and Introduces New Legislation, Governor Cuomo Announces Several Reopenings

April 26, 2021

News in New York – Update on Vaccination Administration Efforts, NYC Council Passes and Introduces New Legislation, Governor Cuomo Announces Several Reopenings

Update on Vaccination Administration Efforts

Last week, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo made several announcement related to the New York’s vaccination administration efforts. On Friday, the Mayor stated that NYC will accept walk-in appointments for any eligible New Yorker to get vaccinated at city-run sites. The city had begun allowing walk-in vaccinations for people older than 50 last week, and this recent announcement expanded walk-ins to all eligible New Yorkers. This followed Governor Cuomo’s announcement that state-run mass vaccination sites will accept walk-in appointments for individuals age 60 and older. In addition, both the NYS and NYC will resume the administration of Johnson and Johnson vaccines effectively immediately. As of this morning, the State has fully vaccinated over 6.2 million New Yorkers, and has administered about 8.8 million doses of the first vaccine, which you can track on the State’s vaccine dashboard.

NYC Council Passes and Introduces New Legislation

Last Thursday, the NYC Council convened a stated meeting, where they passed and introduced multiple pieces of legislation. The Council passed a bill that will establish an Office of Sports, Wellness, and Recreation, which will be tasked with promoting and enhancing sports-related youth and to promote the role of sports in education. They also passed a package of bills related to food waste prevention and food accessibility. The legislation will require city agencies to develop food waste prevention plans, require the DOE to provide information about summer school meals, and expand information collected by the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy. The Council introduced a legislative package aimed to increase smart, safe, and sustainable deliveries in NYC. The package includes a bill that would create a pilot program for micro-distribution centers, and another bill that would expand commercial loading zones citywide. In addition, one of the bills would require the DOT to redesign its truck routes to make them safer and less polluting. The Council also introduced legislation that would require DCLA to report on access of low-income households to cultural institutions and to develop a plan to improve access. You can find all of the bills passed and introduced here.

Governor Cuomo Announces Several Reopenings

Last Monday, Governor Cuomo made several reopening announcements. The Governor announced that museums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity beginning April 26. Further, on April 26, movie theater capacity will increase to 33%. Cuomo also announced that large-scale indoor arenas and event venues will be allowed to increase to 25% capacity starting on May 19. The Governor shared that his team chose May 19 as that would be in time for the playoffs to start for several teams, including the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. These reopening announcements were made as New York has reached its lowest COVID-19 positivity rate since November 5.

Please contact Katie Schwab or Rose Christ of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies with any questions you may have regarding this note or if you’re interested in ways to engage on these issues.

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