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New York Governor Announces That Theaters Outside NYC Can Reopen with Restrictions

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2020 and updated on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 4:06 PM

Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on October 17, 2020 that movie theaters in the state outside of New York City may reopen starting October 23, 2020. This announcement comes with restrictions, including 25% capacity and no more than 50 people in each auditorium, and the counties in which the theaters reside must have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and are without any cluster zones.

"We hit 160,000 tests in one day, which is a record number and the highest we've ever done. When you're doing that level of tests you get down to the block level. And then, when you start to see a cluster, you oversample in that cluster, so you get even more data," Governor Cuomo said. "Beginning October 23, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen. This is outside of New York City in areas that have infection rates below 2 percent on a 14-day average and have no cluster zones."

The press release mentioned that theaters in the following New York counties cannot reopen:

  • Allegany
  • Broome
  • Cattaraugus
  • Chautauqua
  • Chemung
  • Cortland
  • Greene
  • Orange
  • Rockland
  • Schuyler
  • Steuben
  • Tioga

For more details, please see the full press release at the Read link below.

Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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