The reopening plan, which applies across the New York, New Jersey and CT, will lift restrictions on theaters, restaurants, museums, shops and Broadway, which was specifically mentioned.
Stadium capacity will increase to 33% May 19.
Indoor catered events can increase the gathering limit to 250, with proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test result it can be increased to 500 on May 19.
Residential gathering limits will also be increased to 50 people.
Monday's announcement, made in coordination with the neighboring states of New Jersey and CT, came as 80,000 city government workers returned to offices, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.More news: U.S. Feds raid Giuliani's home, office, escalating criminal probe
Notably, the six-foot distance requirement does not apply if the establishment has a protocol in place to confirm a recent negative test or vaccination of visitors.
None of this was lost on Faulkner, who was quite astonished when she aired Cuomo's latest comments for a segment on Outnumbered.
Beginning May 19, most Covid-19 capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state area, including at retail establishments, food services and gyms, the governors announced in a joint news release.
In addition to the end of capacity limits at businesses, Cuomo said the limit on gatherings in private homes will increase to 50 people indoors on May 19, up from 10 now.
Also, New York restaurant and bar curfews remain in effect for outdoor dining and drinking until May 17 and indoor until May 31.More news: Registration for 18+ age group from today
Speaking at his New York City office near Grand Central Terminal, Cuomo said cleaning the system is still important though "not as urgent as they said it was initially".
The statewide positivity rate of COVID was 1.95 percent as of May 2, with 15,734,364 total doses of the vaccine administered as of Sunday.
The state reported 2,849 new cases and 33 more deaths.
New York's seven-day average positivity rate also fell to 1.84%, the lowest since November 6.
Cuomo expressed optimism at the state's ability to return to normal with the state's vaccination campaign and the decreasing number of daily infections.More news: United States to begin sharing AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine doses soon
As of Sunday, 34.9% of NY state residents are fully vaccinated and 46.5% have received at least one vaccine dose. "And now you're having New Yorkers who are less eager to get it".