Zoos, museums, movie theaters can increase capacity on April 26


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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — When the graphic of a series of valves came up during Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Monday update on the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a sign that more restrictions were about to be lessened or lifted.

And that turned out to be true, as the governor announced a series of changes to capacity levels that are set to start soon.

Here are the changes:

  • April 26 – Museums and zoos can increase capacity to 50 percent.
  • April 26 – Movie theaters can increase capacity to 33 percent.
  • May 19 – Large, indoor arenas can increase capacity to 25 percent.

In addition to these changes, Gov. Cuomo also announced the latest COVID-19 numbers:

Western New York still has the highest seven-day average rate for COVID-19 positivity, at 4.78 percent.

MORE | WNY’s 7-day average COVID positivity rate is highest in NY

Still, when looking at the state’s seven-day average for COVID positivity, the number is going down.

MORE | Gov. Cuomo announces lowest COVID positivity rate since Nov. 7 for NYS

And hospitalizations are decreasing, too.

As of Monday, 8.3 million people in New York have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 5.6 million have received their final dose.

MORE | 43% of Erie County residents have received a first dose of COVID vaccine

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.


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