New York Governor Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Lamont announced that beginning May 19th, due to the progress of vaccinations as well as a decline in cases, most Covid-19 industry capacity limits will be lifted. Restaurants, offices, retail stores, theaters, museums, barbershops, amusement parks and gyms, and fitness centers will all be allowed to operate at full capacity since the pandemic began.
In New York beginning May 10, the outdoor social gathering limit will increase from 200 to 500 people. Beginning May 19, the indoor social gathering limit will increase from 100 to 250 people. Also, the outdoor residential gathering limit of 25 people will be removed, reverting to the social gathering limit of 500 people with space for appropriate social distancing, and the indoor residential gathering limit will increase from 10 to 50 people. In New York, any event gatherings more than the social gathering limits may only occur if all individuals present proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result.
Industry Reopening Requirements:
Industry-specific requirements will remain in effect for a longer period, including state or local health authority event notification, health screening, contact information for tracing, enhanced air handling and building system standards, hand hygiene, and environmental cleaning and disinfection protocols.
Congregate commercial and social events in New York—such as those at venues that host sports competitions, performing arts and live entertainment, and catered receptions—can exceed the social gathering limits of 500 people outdoors or 250 people indoors if all attendees over the age of four present either proof of full vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test result and the required social distancing can be accommodated.
Starting May 19, large-scale indoor event venues will operate at 30 percent capacity, which is an increase from the current 10 percent capacity limit. Large-scale outdoor event venues will operate at 33 percent. Social distancing, masks, and other applicable health protocols will still apply, including the requirement of attendee proof of full vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test result.