Reopening of New York cinemas


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New Yorkers Can Enjoy Movies Again on March 5 (iStock)

New Yorkers Can Enjoy Movies Again on March 5 (iStock)

This time the upcoming attraction is the cinema.

After a break of almost a year, cinemas in New York will reopen on March 5 with a capacity of 25 percent or with a maximum of 50 people to screen.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced it on Monday. Cinema viewers and theater staff will have to wear masks and follow pandemic protocols, Cuomo told a news conference announcing the decision. Theaters will allocate seating to ensure social distance.

Theaters will also be required to have improved air filtration systems; shopping centers had to meet similar requirements.

While the Covid cases in New York have subsided since last month, they still remain high. On Sunday, the national coronavirus incidence rate was 38 per 100,000 people, the second highest rate in the country, according to the New York Times.

But the decision to reopen cinemas brings the city in line with the rest of New York. Cinemas outside the city reopening in October was allowed. In a letter sent to Cuomo in early November, the state chapter National Association of Theater Owners unsuccessfully called on the state to reopen city cinemas.

Cinemas nationwide were trying to survive in the middle of exclusion and capacity constraints. Even large strings like AMC Entertainment Holdings at one point he questioned its long-term viability; the company secured $ 900 million in funding last month.


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