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25% of seats occupied, masks mandatory … Cinemas reopen in New York State


New York City is not affected by the measure, however, which only applies to counties where the positivity rate is less than 2%.

Cinemas will have to comply with strict standards for air filtering.
Cinemas will have to comply with strict standards for air filtering. ohn Angelillo / UPI / ABACAPRESS.COM

New York State theaters will once again be able to welcome audiences starting October 23. A first since March and the start of measures to stem the health crisis. A guide to the measures to be observed for the reopening of dark rooms was published on Monday.

This is based on the broad lines dictated in the CinemaSafe program of the National Association of Cinema Owners. In addition to the compulsory wearing of a mask for spectators and staff, only 25% of the capacity of the rooms will be authorized, and each screening will be limited to a maximum of 50 people. Not surprisingly, a safety distance of two seats, or approximately six feet (6 feet), should be respected by customers. Cinemas will also have to align themselves with standards for air filtering.

If this reopening is to delight moviegoers on this side of the United States, the residents of New York City will have to take their troubles patiently. These measures only concern the counties in which the rate of positivity to covid-19 in the population does not exceed 2% over the last two weeks, which is not the case the big apple. Manhattan venue managers nevertheless hope to be quickly authorized to welcome the public again. The New York borough is much less affected by the epidemic than Queens or Brooklyn, says the site Deadline . Because of the health crisis, the big Hollywood studios have postponed many blockbusters to 2021, see 2022.

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