February 23rd New York Governor Cuomo announced on February 22 that New York City cinemas will reopen from March 5 and statewide wedding venues will reopen from March 15.
According to reports, Cuomo said that cinemas must operate at a maximum capacity of 25%, or a limit of no more than 50 people per projection hall, and cinemas must arrange seats for the audience to ensure that they maintain appropriate social distancing.
Viewers will be asked to wear masks, but not need to be tested for the coronavirus in advance.
Just days before theaters were allowed to reopen, Cuomo said indoor home entertainment centers and entertainment venues would reopen statewide on March 26, with a maximum capacity of 25%.
In April, outdoor amusement parks will reopen with a maximum capacity of 33%. But there is no timetable for Broadway theaters to reopen at present.
Cuomo also announced that nursing homes will reopen to visitors from this week, requiring visitors to test for the novel coronavirus within 72 hours before arrival if the county where the nursing home is tested more than 5%, and prohibiting visitors if the county where the nursing home is testing more than 10% positive.
New York State also allows wedding venues to open at 50% of their capacity starting March 15, and guests must be tested for the coronavirus before attending the wedding.
In addition, schools must report to the state how many teachers have been vaccinated against the coronavirus and how many people are attending classes in the classroom.
Beginning February 24, this information will be required to be reported weekly.
Cuomo said the information will help states better develop policies that allow students and teachers to return to class as quickly as possible.