New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has lifted all remaining COVID restrictions and celebrated the end of COVID on Tuesday as the state reached the 70 percent vaccination threshold that has been earmarked as the goal for the country.
The remaining restrictions are rules about capacity, health screenings, cleaning and disinfecting protocols in businesses and retails.
All of those rules are now voluntary - the mandates are gone.
It's unclear if masks will still be forced on public transport but everywhere else they are now optional.
Cuomo spoke at The One World Trade Center where he spoke emotionally about how New York went from having the worst COVID numbers to the best in the country.
As of Tuesday, the state test positivity rate is 0.4 percent.
'It means we can now return to life as know it. We have the highest vaccination rate in the country'.
'The state mandates that have proven right and correct are relaxed as of today. Effective immediately'.