UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV)– New York is well on its way to reopening. Governor Andrew Cuomo, announced earlier today that a majority of capacity limits will be lifted in the Tri-State area by May 19. Governor Cuomo worked with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont for a regionally coordinated reopening.
“We live in a tri-state area New York shouldn’t be a competitor or an encumbrance to New Jersey or Connecticut,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
New York and New Jersey will completely lift capacity limits for bars, restaurants, hair salons, gyms, offices, retail stores, museums, entertainment centers and others. Although capacity limits will be lifted businesses will still have to enforce the 6 foot social distancing rule. The exception to this are events that require a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination.
“It’s a smart reopening,” Cuomo explained. “It’s a measured reopening, it’s a phased reopening but we’re at the point now where we are going to take a major step forward in reopening.”
In New York State there will be slightly different rules, outdoor food and beverage curfew will be lifted May 17, indoor food and beverage curfew will be lifted May 31, large-scale indoor venue capacity increases to 30% and large-scale outdoor venue capacity increases to 33% on May 19 in New York and New Jersey, proof of vaccination or recent negative test will still be required in New York
“We’re still working with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on a joint protocol that will allow us to go higher with a testing or vaccinated caveat,” Cuomo said.