Movie theaters will be allowed to reopen Friday in most of Central New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — During a press briefing Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced movie theaters that are not located in New York City will be allowed to reopen with restrictions in place, as soon as Friday, October 23.

According to the governor, movie theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 50 people per screen. The governor did not elaborate on exactly what that meant. 

Movie theaters will only be allowed to reopen and stay open if their county’s COVID-19 positive rate stays below two percent based on a 14 day average. A movie theater also can’t reopen if there are any clusters within the county. 

According to Governor Cuomo’s advisor Gareth Rhodes, Cortland and Steuben county movie theaters will not be allowed to reopen Friday based on this metric.

List of counties in New York State with a COVID-19 cluster or a positive rate that is more than two percent:

  • ‪Allegany‬
  • ‪Broome‬
  • ‪Cattaraugus‬
  • ‪Chautauqua‬
  • ‪Chemung‬
  • ‪Cortland‬
  • ‪Greene‬
  • ‪Orange‬
  • ‪Rockland‬
  • ‪Schuyler‬
  • ‪Steuben‬
  • ‪Tioga‬

Once open, masks will be required at all times except when eating or drinking. Movie theaters will also have to require assigned seating.

Governor Cuomo says extra staff will need to be on hand in order to ensure compliance with social distancing, mask wearing and all other guidelines.

Theaters will also have to meet enhanced air filtration standards in order to reopen.


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