Per Governor Andrew Cuomo, as of April 2, performing arts and entertainment venues in New York State can now reopen at 33 percent capacity. Venues can now host up to 100 people indoors or up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present either proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 indoors or 500 outdoors. Social distancing, face coverings, health screening and other health protocols will be required by all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health guidance.
“New York’s beloved arts and entertainment venues have been hard hit by the public health guidance we’ve implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19, and after a long and difficult period, I am glad to see them reopen their doors to New Yorkers,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Attendees will need to follow strict guidance to keep themselves and others safe, but they’ll now be able to watch world-class performances and take part in our state’s thriving arts and culture scene once again. I encourage New Yorkers to get tested before attending events and to use Excelsior Pass to show venues that they’ve been vaccinated or tested before entering performance spaces.”
On March 26, Mr. Cuomo announced the launch of Excelsior Pass, a free, voluntary platform developed in partnership with IBM, which confirms a recent negative PCR or antigen test result or proof of vaccination to help fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues. Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, individuals will be able to either print out their pass or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. Each pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination.
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