Cuomo: Movie theaters outside of NYC allowed to reopen Friday, with restrictions

Updated: October 17, 2020 02:28 PM
Created: October 17, 2020 12:25 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WHEC) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25% capacity under state guidance starting Oct. 23. 

In a press conference on Saturday, Cuomo said no more than 50 people are allowed at a time in front of each screen in each movie theater. Also, movie theaters can only open outside of NYC in counties that have an infection rate below 2% on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. 


State guidance on the reopening of theaters is as follows: 

  • 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. 

To watch the full press conference, click on the video above.

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