Wednesday, 12 May, 2021

Most capacity restrictions to be lifted in NY on May 19

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks outdoors from behind a pair of microphones Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference at the New York State Fairgrounds in Geddes earlier in April.N. Scott Trimble
Sandy Nunez | 03 May, 2021, 21:53

The percentage of New Yorkers who have had at least one vaccine dose is 46.5%, while the percentage of New Yorkers with the completed vaccine series is 34.9%.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to reopen the state on a regionally-coordinated basis beginning May 19.

Cuomo said NY has worked with New Jersey and CT on the regionally-coordinated reopening and beginning May 19 most capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state region. "Over these next few weeks, I encourage all remaining eligible New Jerseyans to get vaccinated so we can continue fighting back against this virus and move toward a "new normal" for ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones".

The reopening plan, which applies across the New York, New Jersey and CT, will lift restrictions on theaters, restaurants, museums, shops and Broadway, which was specifically mentioned. The six-foot social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will remain in effect at these places, which could still limit capacity depending on the space available. Maintaining this progress is critical and in order to keep moving in a positive direction, New Yorkers must continue to take all the proper precautions.

Starting May 10, the outdoor gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people.

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Masks should be worn by everyone in camp facilities, except when taking part in activities like eating, drinking or swimming. According to the CDC, adults/camp employees are to remain 6 feet from each other and children.

In addition to lifting capacity restrictions, the governor also said that outdoor dining curfews will end on May 17, while indoor dining curfews will end on May 31. On May 19, the capacity at large outdoor stadiums will expand to 33 percent. On May 19, the indoor gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people. If that can be produced, the distance requirement will be waived.

Other businesses that will no longer be subject to state-imposed capacity restrictions are amusement parks, salons and offices.

The 30-second ad will be running on Cuomo Prime Time, as well as other CNN programs like New Day and The Situation Room, targeting key markets in New York City and Washington, DC.

If a business, event or gathering requires negative Covid tests or vaccination for all customers or guests, the 6-foot social distancing rule does not apply, Cuomo said during a press conference in New York City.

On Friday, indoor dining capacity in NYC increases to 75 percent.