New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Saturday that cinemas in the state, not New York City, could reopen on October 23 with 25% capacity. The theater has been closed since mid-March, when the state began.
Limited resumption applies only to counties with an average infection rate of less than 2% for 14 days and no COVID-19 hotspots. These provisions exclude some counties, including Rockland, Orange and Bloom.
New Yorkers who go to the movies for the first time in almost seven months need to wear masks and stay socially distant from other patrons. Only 50 people are allowed per screen.
Cuomo held his press conference when the United States was facing a collapseIt sees states across the country reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases.
“In the fall, virus infection rates will rise, in fact,” the governor said, repeating warnings from Dr. Anthony Fauci, a leading US infectious disease expert. Forch told CBS Evening News anchor and editor-in-chief Norah O’Donnell this week that the United States needs to double its efforts to contain the coronavirus in the fall and winter.
“What we really have to do is double down on precautions like keeping a social distance and wearing a mask,” Forch said.
Cuomo said Saturday that New York is implementing a “microcluster strategy” to combat the seasonal surge. He said the wealth of data from a total of about 12 million tests will allow clusters to be analyzed “block by block”.
“If you have a cluster, that means there was no compliance,” he said on Saturday. “The only answer to the lack of compliance is enforcement.”
Earlier this month, Cuomo imposed virus restrictions on schools, businesses and places of worship in and around areas of high numbers of incidents.