As he ended social distancing requirements and capacity limits, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) urged the state to “remember those we lost.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) stressed that the state’s reopening doesn’t mean the pandemic is over and said he plans to continue the statewide emergency declaration. If more people don’t get vaccinated, he warned, “this thing can come back.”
Leaders in states such as Maryland and Virginia also announced the impending end of their emergency declarations. In Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott (R) lifted all restrictions after announcing that his state was the country’s first to reach 80 percent of people vaccinated. And D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) welcomed visitors to the nation’s capital for a July 4 celebration.
But the country’s progress is uneven: A Washington Post analysis found that virus infections are dropping in places where people are vaccinated, but rising in many places where people are not.