Cuomo says he will lift COVID capacity restrictions for bars, restaurants, theaters and offices in the border triangle on May 19 – but people still need to stay six feet apart unless they can prove they’ve all been vaccinated.
- From May 19, bars, restaurants, offices, beauty salons and shops will be able to operate at 100 percent capacity again
- The rules apply not only to the state of New York, but also to New Jersey and Connecticut
- If everyone has been vaccinated, the 6ft rule does not apply; if not everyone is vaccinated, it should be maintained
- Cuomo did not explain how companies and offices should check that everyone has been vaccinated
- He also didn’t say what would happen if they didn’t enforce the 6ft rule
- Cuomo’s timeline is much faster than Bill de Blasio’s earlier promise that NYC would fully reopen on July 1
- Sports venues are not included; they still have to reopen at 33 percent
Governor Cuomo said he will lift most of the remaining COVID capacity restrictions on May 19, but people should still be six feet apart unless they can prove they’ve all been vaccinated
Governor Cuomo said he will lift most of the remaining COVID capacity restrictions on May 19, but people should still stay six feet apart unless they can prove they’ve all been vaccinated.
Cuomo announced the confusing new rule at his press conference on Monday.
The rules apply not only to New York, but also to New Jersey and Connecticut, he said.
He said that beginning May 19, most of the capacity restrictions will end for offices, retail, restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, entertainment and family entertainment, hair salons and barber shops.
He did not say how businesses and offices should check that everyone who enters their location has been vaccinated. He has already launched the New York Excelsior Pass – a smartphone app that shows when a person has been fully vaccinated.
Cuomo also did not say what would happen to the company or office if they allowed people to mix, without keeping a distance of six feet, if they were not vaccinated.
Most businesses can’t tell people apart when they’re working at full capacity – that’s why the capacity rules were put in place in the first place.
Currently bars and restaurants have a capacity of 50 percent. It will increase to 75 percent on May 7.
Under Cuomo’s rule, that will increase to 100 percent on May 19, but only if people can be kept six feet apart – unless the restaurant can prove every patron has been vaccinated.
The metro will resume 24/7 on May 17th.
Curfews on bars and restaurants will also be lifted on May 17 for outdoor bars and restaurants and May 19 for indoor venues.
Broadway theaters are allowed to reopen on May 19, as are others in the city, but due to the time it takes them to produce plays and sell tickets, the shows won’t resume until September.
Cuomo’s timeline is weeks ahead of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who set July 1 as its reopening date.
He appreciated the rapid rollout of vaccines. So far,