Most movie theaters outside New York City can reopen as of Friday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Saturday.
Theeaters have to meet strict limits of 25 percent of capacity, with no more than 50 people in front of each screen, the governor said.
Theaters can only open in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.
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.
Friday, there were 9 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, including one in Suffolk County, bringing the total to 25,637. One of the patients was not a New York resident.
Deaths by County of Residence