New York to reopen limited-capacity concert halls and sports arenas
New York will now allow indoor concert halls and sports stadiums to host live audiences, but with limited capacity. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said New York will now allow stadiums and arenas that can seat 10,000 or more to reopen with a 10% capacity limit.
The announcement comes just after a month in the state allowing nearly 7,000 fans to attend a Buffalo Bills playoff game at Orchard Park.
Speaking at a conference, Cuomo said the Buffalo Bills demonstration was an unprecedented success and they will now extend the Buffalo Bills example to any major stadium or arena. Additionally, it was the first time visitors were allowed to attend a sporting event in New York State since the coronavirus brought everything to a halt in mid-March 2020.
However, all venues and stadiums must follow guidelines, including obtaining approval from the Department of Health for opening venues and events, such as testing requirements, capacity limitations, and awarding. adequate and socially distanced seats.
Reports say that each guest who received a ticket will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that was performed within 72 hours of the event.
Referring to the venues reopening, the governor added that Brooklyn’s Barclays Center would be the first arena to reopen on February 23 under the policy. Brooklyn Barclays Center has already obtained approval for a basketball game to be played between the Sacramento Kings and the Brooklyn Nets, according to reports.