NY to lift capacity restrictions starting May 19, including on Broadway

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However, the 6-foot social distancing requirement will remain in effect unless people are tested or vaccinated.

Some businesses are welcome to opt to keep capacity restrictions, but from the state level, those restrictions will be nearly entirely repealed, Cuomo said. It follows updated guidance released by the CDC last week, which said people do not need to wear masks outdoors where social distancing is possible.

New York will drop capacity limits and almost all other restrictions on restaurants starting May 19, the same day New Jersey and CT lift their curbs on dining out, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

May 2-The statewide COVID-19 positivity rate dropped to 1.49% on Saturday, falling below 1.5% for the first time since October 28.

"This is a major reopening of economic and social activity", Cuomo said.

The percentage of New Yorkers who have had at least one vaccine dose is 46.5%, while the percentage of New Yorkers with the completed vaccine series is 34.9%.

Starting May 10, the outdoor gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people. The current mandatory closing time of midnight ends May 17 for outdoor dining areas and May 31 for indoor dining. On May 19, the indoor gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people.

The increases on capacity limits come a few days after Cuomo announced the end of New York's bar and restaurant curfew. Ultimately, the state controls the reopening of localities. Last May, Cuomo announced the subway would not run between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. as part of a nightly disinfection plan in response to the pandemic.

"Overnight workers like waitresses, bartenders, and more depend on Transit to get around in the late-night hours".

"The tide is turning against COVID-19 in NY, and thanks to our increasing vaccination rates, as well as our successful, data-based regional approach, we're able to take more steps to reopen our economy, help businesses and workers, and keep moving towards returning to normal", Governor Cuomo said. Maintaining this progress is critical and in order to keep moving in a positive direction, New Yorkers must continue to take all the proper precautions.

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