NYC movie theaters can reopen at 25% capacity March 5: Cuomo

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Movie theaters in New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity on March 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

No more than 50 people will be allowed per screen, and moviegoers will have to wear masks, socially distance and sit in assigned seats, Cuomo said in a teleconference with reporters Monday afternoon.

Billiard and pool halls across New York state will also be allowed to reopen — at 50 percent capacity and with safety precautions — on March 5, the governor said.

Weddings and catered events, meanwhile, will be able to resume on March 15, at 50 percent capacity and with no more than 150 people per event, Cuomo said.

All patrons will have to be tested for COVID-19 before the event, and guests will have to sign in with their contact information, “to assist with potential contact tracing,” he added in a release.

New York state on Monday reported 89 new COVID-19-related fatalities, Cuomo said.

Of the 14,019 COVID-19 test results that came back in the state on Sunday, 6,146, or 4.33 percent, were positive, he said.

As of Sunday, 5,804 New Yorkers were hospitalized with COVID-19, he added.