UPDATED 11:00 AM PT – Sunday, October 18, 2020
Movie theaters outside of the Big Apple will soon be able to reopen in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Saturday.
The Democrat governor gave counties with less than 2% infection rate in the last 14 days the green light to welcome moviegoers back in as soon as next week.
However, theaters will have to abide by new COVID-19 guidelines in order to do so.
“Beginning October 23rd, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen,” stated the governor. “This is outside of New York City, areas that are below 2% on their 14 day average and have no cluster zones.”
Cuomo also announced the state’s new “microcluster” strategy to combat the virus, which will focus on smaller areas to quarantine rather than larger regions.