New York will allow sports and performing artists with more than 2,500 outdoor people with limited capacity to start 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 venues with more than 1,500 people to open at 10 percent capacity.
The governor’s announcement, which he attended with Yankees and Mets officials, is the latest in a recent reopening move he has made, even though the virus is still persistent in the state.
On Monday, the state will allow indoor fitness classes to be resumed across the country, including in New York City, where local officials have filed objections. Movie theaters in the city were also allowed to reopen earlier this month after being closed for almost a year. And on Friday, the city’s restaurants are allowed to serve within half of their maximum capacity, while outside dining in New York increases to 75 percent capacity.
“Spring is a new season,” he said. Cuomo said Thursday. “And that’s a new attitude.”
All three measures are dramatically lower than last year, when the first wave of virus cases invaded the state and devastated New York City in particular.
But according to a New York Times database, the state of New York is adding new virus cases at the second highest rate in the country. As of Wednesday, the state reported an average of 36 new virus cases per day for every 100,000 residents, followed by New Jersey alone, at 41 cases per 100,000. (The country as a whole averaged 17 new cases per 100,000 people). .)
New York, home to the state’s two major league baseball teams, is adding new cases at 44 cases per 100,000 – a per capita rate more than five times that of Los Angeles County – although the average hospitalizations by almost half dropped last month.
According to the city health data, the weekly average positive test rate has been close to 6.5 percent over the past few days and has not fallen below 6 percent in more than three months. City officials said new virus variants were unlikely to lower the positivity rate further, and on Thursday Mayor Bill de Blasio said questions about the variants were a reason to delay state reopening.
Although the number of New York state hospital admissions is lower than at the beginning of the year, when the state experienced a boom related to holiday conventions, it remains significantly higher than last summer, when the state was stricter. restrictions in place.
According to state data, 4,582 people were hospitalized as of Wednesday, up from a recent high of 8,991 on January 21. On August 30, the state recorded only 418 hospitalizations.
Virus-related deaths followed a similar trend. According to the Times database, as of Wednesday, the state has averaged 89 deaths per day over the past seven days, compared to 198 on January 20th.
Mr. Cuomo pointed to the sustained decline over the past few months as a reason for optimism.
Covid comes down. Vaccination rates are rising, “Cuomo said on Thursday. ‘Start looking aggressively at the future, and let’s return to life and life. And get that economy going, because it’s safe. ”
He also put the masking mandate of the state in place and required reopening businesses to comply with important capacity constraints, safety requirements and social distance protocol.
Athletes will be expected to give a negative result on the coronavirus test or proof that it has been vaccinated, similar to the requirements set by the state for a playoff game in Buffalo Bills in January, Mr. Cuomo said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released its guidelines for people in the United States who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, given two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It allows for the resumption of some activities in private environment between people who are vaccinated in small groups, or a household that is fully vaccinated, with another, non-vaccinated household. It highlighted how fully vaccinated people should keep the health and safety measures in public, including wearing a mask.