New York will allow large venues to "safely re-open" starting Tuesday next week. The plans were recently revealed after a pilot with a testing-based program was an "unparalleled success". With the success, the New York Governor will allow the reopening of large venues that have the necessary COVID-secure measures in place. Measures will include negative PCR-tests, masks, temperature checks and more.
The pilot - held at two Buffalo Bills playoff games - was an "unparalleled success" according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor has said for months that testing is the key to faster re-openings of entertainment, offices and more before vaccination reaches critical mass. Cuomo said;
"The truth is, we cannot stay closed until everyone is vaccinated."
After the successful event, the Governor announced that he will extend the program to any large stadium or arena later this month. Allowing large events to return with the right requirements in place. Cuomo continued in his statement ;
"The success of this, and similar events in approved venues over the coming weeks will help inform the re-opening process for smaller venues in the future,"
From the Feb. 23, fans who provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of an event will be able to attend music shows and performances as well as sports games. Next to that re-opening has certain rules and restrictions on the venues. They have to submit their plans to the State Department of Health for approval. there is also a strict 10 percent capacity limit in venues with more than 10,000-person total capacity. Next to core mitigation efforts to ensure social distancing like mask-wearing, temperature checks and mandatory assigned seating.
The plan is to extend this possible reopening to venues statewide from February 23rd.