New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that once the state reaches a 70 percent one-dose vaccination rate for all adults in the state, most COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted. (The current rate is 56 percent at the time of writing.) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking his word for it and planning a massive homecoming event in August, including a concert that will host 60,000 people on The Great Lawn in Central Park.
“It’s going to be a moment to celebrate the rebirth of New York City in August in Central Park on the Great Lawn,” de Blasio said in a news conference. “We’re asking New Yorkers during the Homecoming Week, come out, get involved in the community, support your community. But it’s not the only thing we’re doing. There’s going to be music and activities all over the five boroughs. It’s going to be literally a once-in-a-lifetime event. But what makes it special is, it is one of the great moments of New York City, back on our feet, strong for our future. And every New Yorker should be a part of it.”
New Yorkers can expect events to take place in all five boroughs throughout the week. The concert will host multiple unnamed acts at this time with producer and artist Clive Davis scouting for talent, de Blasio said in an interview.
Although many of the details have not been officially announced, The New York Times reports that the tentative date is August 21, 2021, and the majority of the tickets will be free. Non-vaccinated participants will be separated from vaccinated concert-goers, with 70 percent of the tickets going to vaccinated persons.
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