Beginning April 1, large outdoor venues that host live concerts and shows across New York state will be permitted to reopen at 20% capacity, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a Thursday news briefing.
These large venues – that can hold over 2,500 people – will see capacity increase as Covid-19 numbers across continue to decline.
Sports venues with over 1,500 indoor or 2,500 outdoor capacity will be permitted to reopen – with indoor capacity capped at 10% and outdoor capacity raised to 20%.
“We’ll have testing required when we open,” Cuomo said.
“You get your vaccine – I have my card, I can go to a game as soon as it opens. You can take a rapid test, you can take a PCR test, but we’re going to have testing as a precaution. As time moves on, and as our experience grows, and we see how the games work, we then right away do what's called contact tracing where we follow up on the game to see if anybody got infected, et cetera, and I think you're going to see the capacity increase and the testing requirements decrease as we get more evidence, but we want to start safe and smart," he said.
Citi Field could see up to 8,384 fans and Yankee Stadium could see up to 10,850 fans, Cuomo said.
Starting March 29, statewide travel for sports and recreational activities will also be permitted across New York, the governor announced.
At present, travel for sports is limited to contiguous counties and regions.