NYC cultural institutions, NYS bowling alleys to reopen; gym reopening rules to be released Monday: Cuomo

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Bowling alleys across New York state will be allowed to reopen this coming Monday, Aug. 17, and museums, aquariums and other “low-risk indoor cultural activities” in New York City will be able to reopen on Aug. 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. 

Bowling alleys will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity, with every other lane closed, Cuomo said during a teleconference Friday morning. 

“Low-risk indoor cultural activities" in New York City, including museums and aquariums, will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity, with timed, pre-ticketed entry, he said. 

New York state will also be releasing protocols for the reopening of gyms across the state this coming Monday, he noted.

Bowlers who head to reopened bowling alleys next week will have to wear face coverings and stay with their own parties at their own lanes, Cuomo said. Servers will bring food and drink orders directly to patrons.

“You’re at a lane, you’re bowling, you can order food, alcohol, they come to you,” he explained. “You don’t go to a bar. You don’t go to a food concession.” 

Bowling alleys will also be required to have cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place, “especially on the shared and rented equipment,” he said.

Cuomo announced the reopenings after reporting what he called "fantastic" news on New York state's COVID-19 front. The state’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained below 1 percent for the seventh day in a row on Thursday, he said. 

Of the 85,455 new tests conducted across the state, 727 came back positive, he said. As of Thursday, 554 people were hospitalized with the virus, 127 of whom were in intensive care units and 59 of whom were on ventilators. The governor also reported four new COVID-19 deaths. 

“While the other states are seeing real trouble, we are doing very well,” he said.