New York will allow sports and performing arts venues with room for more than 2,500 people outdoors to open with limited capacity from April 1, just in time for the Yankees’ first home game of the season, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday.
The state will also allow indoor arenas with room for more than 1,500 people to open with 10 percent capacity.
The governor’s announcement, which he made with Yankees and Mets officials present, is the latest in a slate with recent reopening steps he has taken, although the virus remains persistent in the state.
On Monday, the state will allow it indoor fitness classes to resume state, including in New York City, where local officials have raised objections. Cinemas in the city was also allowed to reopen earlier this month after being closed for almost a year. And on Friday, city restaurants will be allowed to serve with half of its maximum capacity indoors while outside New York City, indoor dining can increase to 75 percent capacity.
“Spring is a new season,” Cuomo said Thursday. “And that’s a new attitude.”
All three measures are dramatically lower than last spring, when the first wave of virus cases swept into the state and destroyed New York City in particular.
Goal according to a New York Times databaseNew York State is adding new virus cases with the second highest frequency in the country. As of Wednesday, the state reported an average of 36 new virus cases a day for every 100,000 residents over the past week, just after New Jersey, with 41 cases per 100,000. (The nation as a whole had an average of 17 new cases per 100,000 people.)
New York City, home to the state’s two major league baseball teams, is adding new cases at 44 cases per 100,000 – a rate per capita more than five times higher than Los Angeles County – although average hospital admissions have fallen by nearly half last month .
according to city health datathe weekly average positive test rate has been close to 6.5 per cent in recent days and has not fallen below 6 per cent in more than three months. City officials have said new virus variants have likely kept their positivity from falling further, and on Thursday Mayor Bill de Blasio said questions about the variants were a reason to delay state reopening plans.
Although the New York State’s number of virus-related hospitalizations is still lower than it was at the beginning of the year, when the state experienced an increase related to holiday meetings, it is still significantly higher than it was last summer, when the state had stricter restrictions in place.
As of Wednesday, 4,582 people were hospitalized, down from a recent peak of 8,991 January. 21, according to state data. On aug. 30, the state registered only 418 hospital admissions.
Virus-related deaths have followed a similar trend. As of Wednesday, the state averaged 89 deaths a day over the past seven days, according to the Times database, compared to 198 January. 20.
Mr. Cuomo pointed to the persistent decline in recent months as a cause for optimism.
“Covid is coming down. The vaccine price is rising, “Cuomo said on Thursday. “Start looking forward aggressively, and let’s get back to life and livelihood. And get that economy going, because it’s safe. ”
He has also left the state’s mask mandate in place and has demanded that businesses that reopen meet significant capacity limits, safety requirements and social distancing protocols.
At sporting events, participants will be required to provide a negative coronavirus test result or proof that they have been vaccinated, similar to the requirements the state set for a playoff game in the Buffalo Bills in January, Cuomo said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its guide for people in the United States who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which is two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It allows the resumption of some activities in a private environment between fully vaccinated individuals in small groups or a fully vaccinated household with another unvaccinated household. It emphasized how fully vaccinated people should continue to follow health and safety precautions in public, including the use of masks.