It’s been a year since the first coronavirus case hit our nation. Fast forward to March 2021, there’s been a plethora of positive changes primarily in the hospitality industry. We are grateful to advanced science and medical research which has resulted in over 2,000,000 vaccines having been or being administered. We at The Law Offices of Marjory Cajoux are delighted to share with you the newest changes and reopening in our great City of New York.
- Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday, February 8th that indoor dining would return at 25% capacity beginning February 12th. As things progressed, Governor Cuomo expanded to allow bars and restaurants to seat patrons at 35% capacity as of February 26th – marking a 10% increase.
- The 10:00 PM curfew in place across the state has not changed and will likely remain during the next few months.
- The CDC still lists indoor dining among the highest risk activities that threatens the spread of the virus.
New York Sports Arenas and Some Music Venues
- Large stadiums and arenas in New York were able to welcome back fans and audiences on February 23rd. Venues that reopened must operate at 10% capacity with mandatory coronavirus testing.
- Stadiums and arenas that wish to reopen must submit a plan to the State Department of Health for approval. Requirements include 10% capacity limits for places with capacities of 10,000 people or more, face coverings, social distancing, temperature checks, spaced-out assigned seating, and a negative PCR test results within 72 hours of the event.
Movie Theaters & Indoor/Outdoor Amusement Activities
- New York City cinemas will be permitted to open on March 5th at 25% capacity consistent with rules currently in place for locations in the rest of New York State.
- Movie theaters in New York will be brought in line with the rest of the state: no more than 50 people per screening; mandatory masks; assigned seating; social distancing; staff to control occupancy, traffic, and seating to ensure compliance.
- Governor Cuomo said that indoor family entertainment centers, such as arcades, trampoline parks, and laser tag facilities, could possibly reopen on March 26th. Outdoor amusement parks will reopen on April 9th at limited capacity.
We would also like to remind you that eligible groups in Phase 1A, 1B (with two expansions as of February 2nd and February 15th) may schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. The eligible groups for the expansion of Phase 1B are as follows:
We are so happy to see how as a city have come together in this fight against COVID-19 and how businesses and industries are slowly reopening. We’re proud of the progress made. We still want to remind you whether you’ve received you been vaccinated or not, to continue to be strong, be cautious, be vigilant and don’t let your guard down. It’s still important to continue practicing these COVID-19 prevention protocols which include:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands frequently with warm water
- Wear a face covering
- Keep physical distance from others (6 feet is recommended)
- Get test for COVID-19 regularly
This is The Law Offices of Marjory Cajoux and we are ready and committed to provide you best possible service and support.