NY Philharmonic resumes outdoor concerts

The New York Philharmonic has resumed its summer concerts in the city's parks after a two-year interval.

The annual concerts were canceled last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The orchestra performed at a park in Manhattan on Wednesday night. About 2,000 people enjoyed listening to the music while lying on the grass or sitting on chairs.

Only people who have been vaccinated or have tested negative for the coronavirus were allowed into the venue.

A visitor welcomed the return of outdoor concerts, saying that one of the best things about New York is all the events and everyone coming together.

A double bassist from Japan, Okamoto Satoshi, is a member of the orchestra. He said it was a big step forward for the musicians to be able to hold the summer park concerts again, and he hopes things will gradually return to normal.

New York City is reopening its economy with the continued progress of the vaccine rollout. About 64 percent of city residents aged 18 or older have received at least one dose of a vaccine.