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NYC, NJ, and Connecticut to Ease COVID-19 Capacity Restrictions

TUESDAY, May 4, 2021 -- 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.

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.

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."

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