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Re-Opening update: New York City Expands the Capacity Again for Museums, Zoos, and Movie Theaters

Desiree Peralta

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this Monday that as of April 26, cinemas, museums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens in New York will be authorized to increase the capacity of people they may have at the same time to avoid contagion of COVID-19, which will occur from May 19 with large arenas and spaces for concerts and other massive events.

Specifically, regarding cinemas, Cuomo indicated that capacity might increase to a limit of 33%, while for museums, aquariums, zoos, and botanical gardens, it will be 50%.

"The weather is nice. We have great zoos in this state. You want to go out; you want to take the family somewhere, museums and zoos will be 50 percent. Movie theater capacity will reach 33 percent, which will also begin next Monday, April 26,said Cuomo.

For large-scale arenas and event venues, capacity will increase to 25%.

“May 19 is not a random date. We have been talking with the teams, we are optimistic, and that would be when the playoffs would begin. At the same time, it's about moving from COVID closure to post-COVID reopening. There is a season for everything, and this is the season of renewal and change, "added the Mayor.

On the COVID numbers to date, Cuomo explained that this was the state's situation: “The general positivity rate is 2.9. Deaths statewide, 44. Obviously, one is too many, but relatively that is good news, and it is in our thoughts and prayers. Hospitalizations, 3,700, that's good news. UCI, 836, that's good news. Intubations, 521, that's excellent news. "

“If you look at the numbers, you don't really look at the numbers from a day. We look at the trend in numbers, and where we are now is the lowest since November 13. ¿Why is it so important? November 13 is before Thanksgiving, before the holidays, before any raise. So we actually get back to where we were before we hit the holiday surge. So this is excellent news, ”he added.

The city is making progress with the vaccine

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So far, more than 5.7 million vaccine doses have been given out in the five boroughs. Some vaccination sites now offer walk-in appointments, and de Blasio suggested Monday that the city is considering converting more sites to same-day walk-ins to speed New Yorkers further getting their shots.

De Blasio announced Monday that a new city-run vaccine site at the American Museum of Natural History would open by the end of the week. It will prioritize public housing residents and cultural institution workers but be open to all city residents.

Cuomo, who has held a string of press-free events featuring fawning supporters in recent weeks, downplayed the results of a Siena College poll showing his favorability rating has dipped as he faces allegations of sexual harassment, calls for his resignation, an impeachment inquiry, and a federal investigation into his administration’s oversight of nursing homes during the pandemic.

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