NYC entertainment venues to reopen at low capacity starting April 2

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that all arts and entertainment venues – such as Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Broadway theaters – will be allowed to reopen at low capacity from April 2.

The venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity with up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors, Cuomo said in a statement. If facilities decide to require evidence of negative COVID-19 tests, they can allow up to 150 people inside and up to 500 people outside.

“New Yorkers have done a great job fighting COVID and we are gradually easing restrictions as the numbers decline and public health improves. It is clear that if we remain vigilant, we will reach the light at the end of the tunnel, ”said Cuomo.

The governor warned that despite the loose restrictions, the public must remain vigilant and continue to wash their hands, wear masks and social distancing.

“This is a difficult task, but the infection rate has gone down and the vaccination rate has gone up and New Yorkers will get through this together as long as we keep in touch and steer this dynamic in the right direction,” he added.

An empty theater district in Manhattan in April 2020.An empty theater district in Manhattan in April 2020.Stephen Yang |

Cuomo also announced that from March 22nd, residential gatherings of up to 25 people can be held outdoors.

However, the maximum number of people who can attend indoor gatherings remains at 10 to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Additionally, Cuomo said non-residential social gatherings of up to 100 people can be held indoors, while outdoor events can hold up to 200 people.

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