Updated: February 10, 2021 01:55 PM
Created: February 10, 2021 12:51 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) — Large arenas and stadiums will be allowed to once again host fans, effective Feb.23, Gov. Andrew announced Wednesday.
According to the governor, venues with over 10,000 capacity will be allowed to operate at up to 10% capacity, pending approval from the New York State Department of Health. Additionally, fans will have to have tested negative for the virus within three days of the event, testing will be run using the rapid PCR tests. Other measures will include mandatory face coverings, physical distancing, and temperature checks.
Seating will be mandatorily assigned, and of course, physically distanced.
Cuomo says the ruling could apply to sports, concerts, or any sort of performance.
It's a similar strategy the state ran ahead of the Buffalo Bills' two home playoff games back in January. Cuomo called that pilot program an "unparalleled success", and says the testing will be the key moving forward.
Locally, Rochester's Blue Cross Arena seats roughly 11,200 people, with up to a 13,000 maximum capacity, depending on configurations.
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will become the first venue to open after the new guidelines take effect on Feb. 23.
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