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Movie Theaters to reopen in New York City on March 5
February 22, 2021, 2:03.14 pm ET


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With coronavirus cases in New York City going down, movie theaters are the latest to get the go-ahead to open up. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo giving the greenlight for theaters and billard halls to reopen at 25 percent on March 5th.

Cuomo said, "Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all New Yorkers, our infection rate is now the lowest we've seen in three months, and accordingly we will now be reopening various recreational activities across the state including billiard halls, weddings and movie theaters in New York City. As our infection rate continues to fall, and the vaccination rate continues to climb, we will keep reopening different sectors of our state's economy and focus our efforts on building our state back better than it was before."

Movie Theaters in New York City

Venues are restricted to 25 percent capacity, with no more than 50 people per screen at a time.

- Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking

- Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.

- Social distancing between parties will be required at all times

- Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance

- Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters

- This action brings New York City movie theaters in line with movie theaters throughout the rest of the state.


Billiard/Pool Hall

- Halls are restricted to 50 percent capacity outside of New York City; 35 percent capacity in New York City

- Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking

- Mandatory social distancing must be enforced, or physical barriers between parties of patrons/players must be installed.

- Each party must be assigned to a table to avoid comingling.

- Staff must rigorously clean and disinfect any rented or shared equipment between use           

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