NYC entertainment venues to reopen at low capacity starting April 2

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday all arts and entertainment venues — such as Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and Broadway theaters — will be allowed to reopen at low capacity starting 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, adding that if the establishments decide to require proof of negative COVID-19 tests, then they can allow up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.

“New Yorkers have done a tremendous job working to defeat COVID, and we’re gradually loosening restrictions as the numbers reduce and the public health improves. It’s clear that if we remain vigilant, we will reach the light at the end of the tunnel,” Cuomo said.

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

“This is a tough footrace, but the infection rate is down and the vaccination rate is up, and New Yorkers will get through this together as long as we stay in touch and keep this momentum heading in the right direction,” he added.

An empty Theater District in Manhattan during April 2020.
An empty Theater District in Manhattan during April 2020.
Stephen Yang

Cuomo also announced that residential gatherings of up to 25 people can be held outdoors beginning on March 22.

However, the maximum number of people who can attend indoor residential gatherings will remain at 10 in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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

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