Updated: April 12, 2021 03:54 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 03:38 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined some of the guidelines that will be in place for graduation and commencement ceremonies this spring.
Effective May 1, indoor and outdoor ceremonies will be allowed with limited attendee capacity, depending on the event size and the type of venue (e.g., stadium, arena, arts and entertainment venue).
Large-scale ceremonies with more than 500 people will be limited to 20% of the venue capacity, with proof of vaccination or a negative test required.
Medium-scale ceremonies with between 201 and 500 people will be capped at 33% of the venue capacity and will also require proof of vaccination or a negative test.
Small-small ceremonies with up to 200 people or 2 attendees per student will be capped at 50% of the venue capacity, and proof of vaccination or a negative test will be optional.
Large-scale ceremonies with more than 150 people will be capped at 10%. This is applicable to venues with a total capacity of 1,500 or more.
Medium-sized ceremonies with between 100-150 people will be limited to 33% of capacity. Proof of vaccination or a negative test will be required for these indoor events.
For small-scale ceremonies with up to 100 people or 2 attendees per student, capacity will be capped at 50% of the venue capacity, and a test or proof of vaccination is optional.
Cuomo says masking, contact tracing, and other safety measures will be enforced. For events that exceed 100 people indoors or 200 people outdoors, event organizers and venues must contact the local health department ahead of time.
Read the state's detailed guidance here.
The governor also says his administration continues to encourage virtual or drive-thru ceremonies.
"We deserve a break, and students deserve their day for graduation, and families deserve a little good news," Cuomo said. "It’s been a long, long year."
At an event Monday morning, Cuomo said the state will start directly distributing COVID-19 vaccine allocations to colleges and universities in New York.
Cuomo said the initial allocation will include 21,000 vaccines for SUNY residential and non-commuter students and 14,000 vaccines for private colleges.
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