Cuomo Increases Maximum Capacities of Social Gatherings
By Yehudit Garmaise
As the COVID-positivity rates dip below levels below those before the “surge upon the surge” that New York and the rest of the country experienced starting with increased traveling and socializing Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he is not going to resign in light of three harassment allegations and a nursing home scandal, has dramatically increased the limits to social gatherings in the state.
As of April 2, New Yorkers can increase indoor social gatherings from 50 to 100 people and outdoor gatherings have a 200-person limit.
For residential gatherings, the governor increased the number of attendees from 10 for indoor gatherings and 25 people for outdoor gatherings.
The governor is also opening events, arts, and entertainment venues to a 33% maximum capacity, with up to 100 allowed to attend indoor gatherings and 200 people for outdoor gatherings.
As long as attendees are tested, those capacities can increase to 150 for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings.
Face coverings and social distancing are still mandated by the state for all social gatherings.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, but we can’t stop driving now,” said the governor, who described “a massive ramp up of the vaccine by May as President Biden has found a way to produce millions more doses.”
The governor also pointed out that the COVID variants are an “ever-present danger.”
“The virus mutates all the time,” Gov. Cuomo said. “It is very possible that there is a mutation to the virus that requires a different type of booster shot. So important to get the vaccine now to protect from the variant.”
(Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
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