Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Significant Relaxation of COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions on Businesses, Gatherings and Venues

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Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Significant Relaxation of COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions on Businesses, Gatherings and Venues


Event locations
Commercial and social events gathered in New York City, such as those held at venues that host sporting competitions, performing arts and entertainment, and catered functions, can exceed the social gathering limits of 500 people. outside or 250 people inside if all participants over the age of four show proof of full immunization status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be considered.

As of May 19, large indoor event venues will operate at 30% capacity, which is an increase from the current capacity limit of 10%. Large-scale outdoor event venues will operate at 33%. Social distancing, masks and other applicable health protocols will continue to apply, including the requirement for the participant’s proof of a full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

Industry reopening requirements

While most industry capacity restrictions will be lifted, industry specific requirements will remain in effect for a longer period, including event notification from national or local health authorities, health screening, coordinates for tracing, improvement of air handling and construction system standards, hand hygiene and environmental cleaning and disinfection protocols. The Crown will continue to provide additional guidance on these provisions as they apply to each industry.

Today’s announcement builds on Governor Cuomo’s recent moves to further reopen the economy amid steadily declining COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates in New York City. On April 30, Governor Cuomo announced that New York City’s indoor dining hall will increase to 75% capacity effective May 7, aligning New York City with the rest of New York City. The Governor also announced that hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will increase to 75% of their capacity as of May 7. New York City gyms and fitness centers will drop to 50% starting May 15. On April 28, Governor Cuomo announced that the food and beverage service, curfews will end this month.

Connecticut previously announced:

  • Effective May 1: Removal of exterior restrictions, including table size limits and the requirement that food be served with alcohol
  • From May 19: Removal of all remaining trade restrictions, including those on capacity limits at large state events

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