It seemed unimaginable: months after Covid-19 killed thousands of New Yorkers, the city and state finally seemed to get the virus under control. Infections, hospitalizations and deaths plummeted here and in neighboring regions, while surging elsewhere in the US.
Even as more and more non-essential businesses reopened, and large-scale demonstrations brought thousands of New Yorkers together outdoors, rates remained mostly unchanged this summer – hovering around 1%. So promising was this progress that New York City saw the return of limited-capacity indoor dining on 30 September.