Cuomo: Most capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state area May 19
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday a major reopening of economic and social activity for New York.
"Today is a milestone for New York state," said Cuomo. "Beginning Wednesday, May 19, most capacity restrictions will end across the tri-state area."
Cuomo says capacity restrictions will be lifted on places that include retail stores, food service, gyms and fitness centers, amusement parks, and family entertainment centers, hair salons, barbershops and offices.
Cuomo says keeping 6 feet of social distance as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still applies indoors unless the businesses hosting the gathering or event can show people have proof of being vaccinated or a negative PCR test -- then the 6-foot rule doesn't apply.
"If you are vaccinated, you are in a different situation, says Cuomo. "If you have a recent PCR test then you are in a different situation."
The governor says the decision to reopen is based on the decrease in positive cases, fewer hospitalizations and more people rolling up their sleeves to get the shot.
Cuomo says there are at least 9 million New Yorkers with at least one dose and 7 million New Yorkers are fully vaccinated.
Capacity will still be limited for large, outdoor stadiums. Beginning May 19, capacity for those stadiums will increase to 33%.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone issued a statement saying, "“With vaccinations reaching new heights each day and our daily infection rate, hospitalizations and fatalities remaining incredibly low, we are encouraged by the governor’s latest reopening plan to lift capacity restrictions for most indoor businesses. However, this plan does not go far enough for businesses like the Long Island Ducks who have had safe reopening plans approved by the local health department in place for months. With capacity restrictions being lifted on most indoor businesses, we must find a way to allow outdoor venues that have been devastated by this pandemic to survive.”