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Cuomo loosens capacity limits on museums, zoos, movie theaters, indoor arenas

WCBS Radio New York logo WCBS Radio New York 4/19/2021
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is relaxing some more capacity restrictions as the state focuses on pivoting from closures to a post-COVID reopening.

Starting April 26, museums and zoos will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

Movie theater capacity will also increase to 33% starting next Monday, with other safety precautions in place, including mask wearing and physical distancing.

Meanwhile, large indoor arenas will be raised to 25% capacity starting May 19, in time for the start of the NBA playoffs. The venues are currently operating at 10% capacity.

"There's a season for everything and this is the season for renewal and for change," Cuomo said.

The news comes on the same day that bars and restaurants in New York will be allowed to stay open an extra hour.

Starting Monday night, the 11 p.m. curfew is being extended until midnight. Catered events, such as weddings, will be allowed to run until 1 a.m.

Cuomo said the COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state are at 3,783, the lowest number since December 4.

Of the 147,583 tests reported Sunday, 4,339 were positive, or 2.94%.

There were 44 fatalities.

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