Wall Street financiers let out a cautious cheer on Thursday after hearing New York City aims to fully reopen on July 1, craving the meetings and meals of work life before the pandemic, but also loathing the grind of mass transit, packed office elevators and conventional business attire.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced his intention to get things back to normal. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who controls reopening decisions, voiced optimism it might happen even before July 1.

If their timelines hold up, some Wall Street workers look forward to frequenting the restaurants, bars, workout studios and entertainment venues that they have missed.

“After more than a year in isolation, I am prepared to have drinks with just about anyone who breathes,” said Kai Liekefett, who defends corporations against hedge fund managers pushing for changes as co-chair of law firm Sidley Austin’s Shareholder Activism Practice.

“Even activists,” he added.

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