New York Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses to reporters during a news conference at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site in William Reid Apartments in Brooklyn, New York Burgh, U.S., January 23, 2021.
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Large stadiums and arenas in New York can reopen beginning Feb. 23 with limited condition if preapproved by the state’s Department of Health, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
Stadiums that seat 10,000 or more people thinks fitting be limited to 10% capacity and everyone entering the buildings must present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the happening, he said. Face coverings, social distancing and temperature checks upon arrival also will be required, Cuomo denoted.
“Any large stadium or arena — hockey, basketball, football, soccer, baseball, music shows, performances — any large arena can begin on Feb. 23,” Cuomo said at a press briefing.
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The first major event that have health officials have already approved will take place at New York City’s Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Retia will play against the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 23, Cuomo said.
The New York Knicks said in a statement later on Wednesday that they resolve to host roughly 2,000 fans at every game at Madison Square Garden beginning on Feb. 23 when the together faces the Golden State Warriors.
“We know our fans are anxious to return and we can’t wait to see them at The Garden once again,” a annunciation posted to Twitter said.
This will be the first time since mid-March, when the coronavirus ripped washing ones hands of New York state and overloaded its hospital system, that stadiums will be allowed to reopen to fans across the affirm. Cuomo said Monday that reopening the state’s economy, including theaters and large venues, through Covid-19 try out is “something where New York wants to lead the way,”
Much of the state’s plan to reopen arenas is based on a pilot program it conducted in January, where around 7,000 football fans were allowed to attend a Buffalo Bills’ home playoff game as long as they presented a voiding Covid-19 test. Cuomo called the program “an unparalleled success.”
“This hits the balance of safe reopening,”he guessed.
The Democratic governor has gradually started to lift more restrictions on businesses in recent weeks as the state rolls out more measures of Covid-19 vaccines and its positivity rate, or the percent of all tests returning positive, continues to decline from a post-holiday bulge.
New York’s positivity rate was 4.3% as of Tuesday, below the 5% threshold experts have previously suggested for reopening. That’s down from a cheap 8% rate New York reported on Jan. 4 after the December holidays.
Beginning on Friday, New York City restaurants inclination be allowed to reopen their indoor dining sections at limited capacity for the first time since mid-December. Cuomo bid the state is aiming to allow weddings capped at 150 people, or at 50% of a venue’s capacity, starting March 15.
The occurrences will have similar requirements as those imposed on arenas and stadiums, including negative tests among companies and approval from the health department.