New York increases capacity for gyms, casinos, outdoor stadiums starting May 15

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(WETM) – While visiting the New York State Fairgrounds, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an increase in capacity for businesses across the state.

Gyms, fitness centers, and casinos in New York can have 50 percent capacity, while outdoor stadiums can have 33 percent capacity starting May 15.

Offices will also now be allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity.

An increase in outdoor capacity means more than 1,300 fans would be able to attend Elmira Pioneers games at Dunn Field this summer in Elmira.

The Governor’s announcement comes the same day that museums and zoos can increase to 50 percent capacity and movie theaters can now have 33 percent capacity.

“We are making tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19 – our vaccination rates are going up and the positivity and hospitalization rates are going down, so now we are going to open the valves of our economy even further,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are increasing the capacity limits throughout several industries, including gyms outside of New York City, casinos, offices and large-scale outdoor event venues. This is all great news, but we are not out of the woods yet. Washing hands, wearing masks and staying socially distanced are critical tools each of us can use to slow the spread as we continue our efforts to defeat COVID once and for all.”

During his visit to the State Fairgrounds on Monday the Governor also announced that the New York State Fair will return this summer with 50 percent capacity over all 18 days. He said that number is subject to change as the fair gets closer.

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