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FILE – In this Friday, July 31, 2020, file photo, a worker of PVR cinemas, a multiplex cinema chain, sanitizes a theater during a press preview to show their preparedness to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India. After seven months of total blackout, cinemas reopened Thursday, Oct. 15, in several parts of India with few older titles on the marquee and shows limited to half the capacity. The reopening of movie theaters comes at a time when India’s confirmed coronavirus tally surpassed 7.3 million. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — During a press briefing Saturday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced movie theaters that are not located in New York City will be allowed to reopen with restrictions in place, as soon as Friday, October 23.
According to the governor, movie theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 50 people per screen. The governor did not elaborate on exactly what that meant.
Once open, masks will be required at all times except when eating or drinking. Movie theaters will also have to require assigned seating.
Governor Cuomo says extra staff will need to be on hand in order to ensure compliance with social distancing, mask wearing and all other guidelines.
Movie theaters will only be allowed to stay open if their county’s COVID-19 positive rate stays below two percent based on a 14 day average, and if there are no clusters within the county.
Theaters will also have to meet enhanced air filtration standards in ...
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