“We live in a three-state area,” he said. “New York shouldn’t be a competitor to New Jersey or Connecticut. Cuomo said current CDC guidelines that call for a social distancing of six feet should be followed in facilities where proof of a negative test or vaccination is not required, but it does not. will not apply to restaurants, where parties may be closer if separated by physical barriers.
Restoration of 24-hour MTA service in New York City will coincide with the lifting of exterior curfews for bars and restaurants on May 17, while the curfew for indoor dining will be lifted on May 31.
Cuomo said the MTA has made huge strides in cleaning up the subway system and eliminating the homeless. “Trains have to stay clean and we have to help the homeless,” he said. “We cannot go back on the quality of service. “
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The capacity limit for indoor gatherings will increase to 250 on May 19, or to 500 with testing. The limit for residential gatherings will be increased to 50.
Large outdoor stadium capacity will increase to 33% in New York City on May 19, and the three states are working on a common stadium protocol that would allow us to go higher with a warning against testing or vaccination.
The governor noted that Broadway, although allowed to reopen, would need more time to prepare for their shows.
“The tide is turning against COVID-19 in New York City, and with our increasing immunization rates, along with our successful data-driven regional approach, we are able to take more action to reopen our economy, help businesses and workers. , and keep getting back to normal, ”Cuomo said. “Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers and our government partners, we are now able to increase the capacity limits of businesses, event venues and residences to reflect what we see in COVID data. Maintaining this progress is essential and in order To continue moving forward in a positive direction, New Yorkers must continue to take all necessary precautions. If we let it go now, we might back down and that’s something no one wants. So let’s be on the safe side and for anyone who has not yet been vaccinated, do so as soon as you can. With the addition of walk-in appointments, we’ve made it easy for you, so there’s really no excuse. ”
Full details of the tri-state announcement:
As of May 19, most commercial capacity – which is currently based on maximum occupancy percentage – will be phased out in New York and New Jersey. Businesses will only be limited by the space available for customers or groups of customers to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet. This new distance-based maximum capacity will apply to all business environments, including retail, food services, gyms and fitness centers, family entertainment and entertainment, hair salons , hair salons and other personal care services, among others. It will also apply in places of worship.
Increased social and residential gathering limits
In New York City, effective May 10, the limit for outdoor social gatherings will drop from 200 to 500 people. Starting May 19, the limit for indoor social gatherings will drop from 100 to 250 people. In addition, the 25-person outdoor residential gathering limit will be removed, reverting to the 500-person social gathering limit with space for appropriate social distancing, and the indoor residential gathering limit will be increased from 10 to 50 people. In New York City, any event gathering that exceeds social gathering limits can only happen if all people show proof of their full vaccine status or recent negative COVID-19 test result.
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 four participants present proof of full vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be taken into account.
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.
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