New York will reopen its cinemas on March 5 for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

The city’s cinemas have been closed since March (Reuters)

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced Monday the reopening of the cinemas of the Big Apple on March 5 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, although they will 25% of its capacity, up to maximum of 50 people.

Cuomo, who announced the measure in a conference call, noted that masks should be used in cinemas and that the social distancing, although it will not be necessary to be tested for coronavirus, while the owners of the rooms will need improvements in their ventilation systems.

This is good news for the entertainment world and for New York cinemas, which have been closed at all times for about a year, when in mid-March 2020 Cuomo banned crowds of more than 10 people .

“New York City is a very important market for the film industry in the US; the reopening there gives the confidence to film distributors not to change the release date, and is an important step for the recovery of the entire sector“The National Association of US Theater Owners (NATO) said in a statement.

In the state of New York, theaters reopened at the end of October, but New York City had been out of permits due to population density and the circulation of the virus.

An AMC chain cinema in the Times Square area (Bloomberg)
An AMC chain cinema in the Times Square area (Bloomberg)

The news of the reopening of cinemas comes a day before the new york stadiums once again welcome the public, although only with a maximum of 2,000 people, and the Barcklays Center in Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden will be the scene of two NBA games.

Recently, New York also announced the reopening of the interior spaces of restaurants, which by the end of the week will be able to operate at 35% of its capacity, and the reactivation of amusement parks on April 9.

Furthermore, permission has been given to re celebrate weddings, although all attendees will have to undergo coronavirus tests, while nursing homes may also begin to receive visits from this Friday, but counties that register an infection rate higher than 5% visitors will have to have a test.

As Cuomo announced this Monday, the average infection rate in New York State, where almost 38,000 people have died from coronavirus, is 4.33%, and the average of the last 7 days is 3.52%.

(With information from EFE)

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