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New York’s governor says New York City movie theaters can open their doors again at limited capacity starting March 5.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 5:01 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s governor says New York City movie theaters can open their doors again at limited capacity starting March 5.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said movie theaters can only operate at 25% capacity, with no more than 50 people per screening.

His Monday announcement came nearly a year after he shuttered movie theaters statewide in mid-March last year along with concert venues and nightclubs as part of efforts to limit spread of COVID-19 in crowded, indoor settings.

Cuomo’s move drew praise from theater owners who have pushed for months for the governor to ease restrictions, and who hope Cuomo will soon expand capacity to 50%.

The following rules must be followed:

  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
  • Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
  • Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
  • Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
  • Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.

Billiard and pool halls can also reopen at 50% capacity outside of New York City and at 35 percent within the city. Masks will be required at all times except when seated to eat or drink. Social distancing must also be enforced.

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