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17 October 2020 02:36PM

Theaters Must Open at 25 Percent Capacity; No More Than 50 People in Front of Each Movie Screen

Theaters in Certain Counties Outside of New York City Do Not Meet State Requirements and Cannot Reopen

159,972 Test Results Reported to New York State Yesterday—New Record High

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.11 Percent

Positive Testing Rate in Hot Spot Areas is 4.34 Percent; New York State Positivity Without Red Zone Focus Areas Included is 1.02 Percent

9 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday

Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.

“The division aids and abets the virus,” said Governor Cuomo, “nd it comes down to the mask. How this became a political symbol, in this nation, I have no idea. And how you can have every scientific expert say wear a mask, New York State was the first state in the nation to mandate mask-wearing, every scientific expert, projections saying 50, 60,000 people more will die because they don’t wear a mask, and it has become a political symbol. Since when did basic humanity and saving lives become a political issue? Even after over 30 people get infected at the Rose Garden, you still want to say this is a political symbol?”

The governor also announced that 159,972 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high.

“None of us have been here before. We wear a mask, we socially distance. I urge everyone to do it, because to me it’s exact opposite of harshness. It is out of love. And it is out of respect. And it is out of humanity. I want to make sure everyone does everything they can to protect each other. I want to do everything we can do to make sure nobody that nobody dies. That’s what it comes down to – that nobody dies. Yes, it’s hard; yes, it’s going on a long time. But we do know how to do it and we are doing it. And we are saving lives and it will be over. We will get to a vaccine. And we will figure out how to administer a vaccine. Frankly, if the federal government doesn’t do anything, we’ll figure it out here in New York like we figured it out for the past seven months. We’ll get there.’”

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