NYC movie theaters will move towards normal again next month

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theaters may reopen in New York City in limited capacities next month, amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the latest phase of going back to normal, Gue Andrew Como announced Monday.

Cuomo said during a telephone press briefing, from March 5 theaters will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity or a maximum of 50 people per screening.

The governor said, it is mandatory to put on masks, and seating will be entrusted with social distinctions.

Patrick Corcoran, vice president of the National Association of Theater Owners, made the announcement while clearing for a sequel.

“New York City is a major market for filmmaking in the US. Reopening there gives film distributors the confidence to set and keep their release dates and is an important step in the recovery of the entire industry. Corcoran said that no coronovirus outbreak has been detected in American theater.

A movie theater in Times Square
A theater in Times Square on March 28, 2020 with the “Temporarily Closed” sign.Christopher Sadowski

“We look forward to expanding capacity from 25 percent to 50 percent in the near future so that theaters can function in a beneficial manner,” he said.

Brooklyn’s Knithawk cinema owner Matthew Virgha called for the reopening of “great news” – but he said he would need to see that “the scale of business is sustainable.”

“We are built to run at a high capacity, obviously, so the challenge here is. This is exciting news, but we also have to find out how to make space at 25 percent capacity and do not run it into the ground. This is going to be about tampering with how to reduce it for the time being and then crush it as things grow. “

Viragh said the reopening date is a shame on the week when theaters in the state closed on March 12, 2020.

He said, “It’s too crazy to think where the year has gone?” However, we are excited, ”Virag said. “We can definitely open up. We will try to ride the wave, but we will have to see how it unfolds. I really don’t want to just open the doors and close again. “

Meanwhile, wedding and catering halls can also start operating at 50 percent capacity from March 15, or up to 150, Cuomo said. The rollout of the vaccine is underway, with Cuomo announcing a phased reopening of the restaurant for indoor dining as well as an amusement park in recent weeks.

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