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Movie Theaters Can Reopen March 5 at 25 Percent Capacity: Cuomo

AMC Theatres (pre-pandemic)

Feb. 22, 2021 By Christina Santucci

New Yorkers will soon be able to watch the latest movie on the big screen.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that theaters in New York City will be able to open at 25 percent of normal capacity beginning March 5. The state, however, will limit each screening to 50 moviegoers.

The governor said that a number of measures will have to be in place by theater operators before they can reopen.

Theaters will be required to meet enhanced air filtration and ventilation standards, as well as add staff to ensure compliance to occupancy and distancing rules.

Theater-goers will be required to wear masks while seated, and will have assigned seats to ensure social distancing.

Patrons, however, will not be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in order to gain entry, according to reports.

During today’s announcement, Cuomo also said that billiard halls in New York City can reopen March 5 at 35 percent capacity, subject to social distancing protocols. Pool players must also wear masks.

The governor also said that weddings and catered events can be held throughout the state at 50 percent of the venue’s capacity and no more than 150 people. However, all attendees must be tested for the coronavirus.

“As I’ve said, testing is the key,” Cuomo said.

The governor had allowed movie theaters in areas with low COVID-19 positivity rates to reopen in October with similar restrictions — even as locations in the city remained closed.

In a statement provided to Variety, the National Association of Theatre Owners called the announcement “an important step in the recovery of the entire industry.”

The lobbying group said that it hoped capacity for New York City locations would be increased even higher.

“We look forward to expanding the capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent in the very near future so that theatres can operate profitably,” the group said.

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Mr. Sunshine

My, my… how things are slowly opening up after the election and falsely ousting President Trump. Coincidence? I think not.

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He lost, get over it

Great point–400,000 Americans died under Orange Man, who said that masks don’t work (until he got COVID).

Now that he’s gone, our economy is recovering. But hey, he tried!

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Mr. Sunshine

If anyone has any blood on his hands, it’s your boy Andrew Cuomo. But we don’t talk about that now, do we? No, we just sweep that under the rug. Liberalism really is a mental disease!

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You're comparing the 400,000 Americans that died under Trump

Wait, Cuomo is the president? How was he responsible for coordinating the country-wide COVID failure?

Imagine being this gullible 😂

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Simone Higgins

Can someone explain why the White House is closed? Also can someone explain why the US Military has no plans to leave DC? Somethings afoot.

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Maybe the murderous riots at the Capitol

Maybe because of the policemen that got murdered because Trump couldn’t keep the Capitol secure? Good reason to keep the military around. Just a guess 🤷‍♂️

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#stopthesteal

Actually it’s probably related to the pandemic, just a guess!

Great point though: the murderous Trump lovers rioting at the Capitol were totally justified. Unfortunately, every lawsuit Orange Man made got thrown out of court immediately, because there was no evidence at all.

He only lost by 5 million votes, are we supposed to believe those were all real?!

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