Some New York theaters are allowed to reopen in April

In this file, captured on October 12, 2020, people walk past a closed Broadway theater near Time Square in New York City. With NBA games at Madison Square Garden and certain theaters reopening later this week, New York could soon celebrate the resumption of the performing arts – the governor announced on Wednesday that theaters could reopen with limited capacity from April 2. Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP

NEW YORK – With NBA games at Madison Square Garden and certain theaters reopening later this week, New York could soon celebrate the resumption of the performing arts – the governor announced on Wednesday that theaters will reopen with limited capacity from April 2nd could.

The event spaces in the U.S. Capital of Culture, which have been closed since March 12, could reopen with a capacity of 33 percent, or a maximum of 100 people, with the wearing of masks and social distancing being mandatory, Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference.

Outdoor shows can accommodate up to 200 people.

The thresholds for theaters where spectators can be pre-tested will be raised to 150 people indoors or 500 people outdoors.

With such capacity constraints, large Broadway productions like “Frozen” or “The Lion King” “cannot yet return,” Broadway spokeswoman Martine Sainvil told AFP, without indicating when such shows could possibly be resumed.

“However, we’re glad that art venues, including select Broadway theaters, can open their doors and give the public a taste of what we’ve all missed so much during these dark months,” she added.

Certain famous theaters like the Apollo Theater in Harlem or the huge Park Avenue Armory Hall on the Upper East Side could also take advantage of the opportunity.

The green light announcement – with conditions – comes as the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in New York state and other US states declines amid an accelerated vaccination campaign and the arrival of a third vaccine. by Johnson & Johnson.

Although some states have begun lifting coronavirus restrictions, such as Texas, whose governor announced Tuesday that he would end the mandatory wearing of masks, Cuomo urged New Yorkers to remain vigilant, particularly due to uncertainties about new variants of the virus.

“In my opinion, some states are going way too fast,” said Cuomo. “If you relax these restrictions too much, you will see the animal rise again.

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