New York – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that movie theaters outside New York City will be allowed to reopen from October 23.
Cinemas will be able to operate at 25% capacity, with no more than 50 people per screen.
There are some other guidelines that will affect cinemas opening.
Movie theaters can only operate in counties with a 14-day average of positive COVID-19 tests being less than 2 percent and in areas with no cluster areas.
For those hoping to return to the movies, expect masks to be required at all times, with the exception of sitting and eating or drinking. Dedicated seating and social distancing will also be required.
Any movie theater that opens must meet improved air filtration, ventilation, and filtration standards. The governor also said that additional staff would be required to ensure compliance with the new guidelines.
Cinemas may open starting next Friday, October 23, subject to certain restrictions, including the county remaining below a 2% infection rate in an average of 14 days and no cluster areas. Erie County currently meets this standard. Let’s stay that way. #Wear a mask https://t.co/hQmSRRGTat
– Mark Polloncarz (@markpoloncarz) October 17, 2020