One of the regions hit hardest in the early days of the pandemic the state of New York is going to lift most of its capacity restrictions on businesses including shops, gyms and restaurants starting May 19th.
The neighboring states of New Jersey and Connecticut are doing the same.
The governors of the three states made the announcement on Monday, citing a steady decline in new cases of the coronavirus and in hospitalizations.
The New York City subway will also resume its 24-hour service starting May 17th, having suspended it late at night for a year.
These three states will, however, continue to recommend that people keep a distance from each other of six feet, which is about two meters.