Cuomo: Most capacity restrictions will be lifted May 19 |

Cuomo: Most capacity restrictions will be lifted May 19

Updated: May 03, 2021 02:09 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 12:03 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Most COVID-19 pandemic-related capacity restrictions in New York will be lifted in mid-May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. 

Capacity restrictions on houses of worship and industries, including restaurants, bars, offices, beauty salons, gyms, amusement and family entertainment businesses will be lifted in New York on May 19.

Businesses in New York will still be required to operate in a way that guarantees that unvaccinated people can keep 6 feet of social distancing space, even after the capacity limits go away, the governor said. 

The only capacity limits that will remain in place across New York as of May 19 are for large-scale indoor and outdoor venues and indoor/outdoor social and residential gathering limits. Large indoor and outdoor venues will go to 30% and 33% max capacity that day.

Outdoor and indoor social gathering limits in the state will increase to 500 on May 10 and 250 on May 19, while the outdoor residential gathering limit will be lifted and the limit for indoor gatherings increase to 50 on May 19 in New York.

Cuomo said New York state will also keep its overarching social distancing requirement pursuant to CDC recommendations, except in the case of gatherings at New York events -- like big sports competitions or concerts -- where all those present provide proof of immunization or recent negative COVID test.

The governor also announced New York City's subway service will return to 24-hour operation on May 17 after being closed for cleaning during overnight hours since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic last year

New York City's subways, famous for all-night operation, were shut down between 1 to 5 a.m. on April 30, 2020, so trains and stations could be disinfected. The change was also intended to make it easier to remove homeless people from trains where many had been spending the night. The overnight closure was scaled back to 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. in February.

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