NEW YORK CITY — Movie theaters across New York City will be allowed to open at limited capacity on March 5, signaling a gradual return to normalcy amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the reopening plan Monday, stressing adherence to strict pandemic restrictions regulating crowds, masks and social distancing must be followed for cinematic attractions to remain operational.
Specifically, Cuomo said during a telephone news briefing that theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity or a maximum of 50 patrons per screening, whichever figure is lower.
Cuomo also said masks will be mandatory and socially-distant seating will be assigned, Fox Business reported.
Theaters will also be required to implement “advanced air filtration” systems, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Meanwhile, Cuomo also stated that wedding and catering halls will be allowed to resume operations at 50% capacity, or up to 150 occupants, beginning March 15, Fox Business reported.