NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Movie theaters in New York City and billiard halls across New York State will soon be allowed to reopen with limitations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.
The governor made the announcement during a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, saying movie theaters will reopen on March 5.
He noted that movie theaters in New York City will be allowed to reopen on par with facilities across the state, meaning there must be 25% capacity in the buildings and no more than 50 people at each screening.
Moviegoers will be required to wear masks and sit in assigned seats that are properly distanced.
While rapid testing has been the backbone to reopening the economy, the governor and his team note that they will not be required for movie theaters.
Gov. Cuomo said the state is coming up with a plan for billiard and pool halls to reopen after a coalition of owners sued the state and won.
No date was provided for their reopening, but Cuomo said they will be required to operate at 50% capacity, masks must be worn at all times and barriers must be put up to separate parties.