New York’s performing arts venue spaces are increasing the number of people who can attend events.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that starting April 2, performing arts and entertainment venues can be open at 33 percent capacity. With this increase, venues can host up to 100 people indoors or up to 200 people outdoors.
“New York’s beloved arts and entertainment venues have been hard hit by the public health guidance we’ve implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, and after a long and difficult period, I am glad to see them reopen their doors to New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. “Attendees will need to follow strict guidance to keep themselves and others safe, but they’ll now be able to watch world-class performances and take part in our state’s thriving arts and culture scene once again.
“I encourage New Yorkers to get tested before attending events and to use Excelsior Pass to show venues that they’ve been vaccinated or tested before entering performance spaces,” he added.
If all attendees present proof of completed vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test results, capacity at the venue could increase up to 150 people indoors or up to 500 people outdoors. Social distancing, face coverings or masks, and other health protocols will be required by all attendees.
On February 20, the governor announced the start of NY PopsUp, which featured a series of pop-up performances that aimed to revitalize the spirits of New Yorkers with the energy of live performances and will jumpstart the state’s live entertainment industry. Throughout the course of the festival, NY PopsUp will grow not only in scale, but also in the volume of performances.