Gov. Cuomo: Movie theaters outside of NYC can reopen at 25 percent capacity on Oct. 23


(WIVB) – Movie theaters outside of New York City will finally have the green light to reopen on Oct. 23- with some precautions in place.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during his Saturday afternoon press conference.

Movie theaters will be limited to 25 percent capacity, up to 50 people per screen. Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.

Assigned seating will be required in all theatres and social distancing between parties will be required at all times.

Additional staffing will be required and theaters must meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards.

Only regions that are below 2 percent COVID-19 positivity on their 14-day average will be able to have movie theaters open. Movie theaters will not be able to be open in “cluster zones”.

Currently, theaters can’t open in the following counties:

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

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