Governor Cuomo Announces Most Movie Theaters Outside of New York City Can Reopen on October 23


Theaters Must Open at 25 Percent Capacity; No More Than 50 People in Front of Each Movie Screen 

Theaters in Certain Counties Outside of New York City Do Not Meet State Requirements and Cannot Reopen

Statewide Positivity Rate is 1.11 Percent

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity under state guidance starting October 23. No more than 50 people are allowed in front of each screen in each movie theater at once. Theaters can only open outside of New York City in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones. Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.

The governor also announced that 159,972 test results were reported to New York State yesterday—a new record high.

“We hit 160,000 tests in one day, which is a record number and the highest we’ve ever done. When you’re doing that level of tests you get down to the block level. And then, when you start to see a cluster, you oversample in that cluster, so you get even more data,” Governor Cuomo said. “Beginning October 23, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen. This is outside of New York City in areas that have infection rates below 2 percent on a 14-day average and have no cluster zones.”

Theaters cannot reopen in the following counties:

  • Allegany
  • Broome
  • Cattaraugus
  • Chautauqua
  • Chemung
  • Cortland
  • Greene
  • Orange
  • Rockland
  • Schuyler
  • Steuben
  • Tioga

State guidance on the reopening of theaters includes the following conditions:

  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
  • Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
  • Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
  • Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
  • Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.

In “Red Zone” focus areas included as part of the Governor’s Cluster Action Initiative, the positivity rate for test results reported yesterday is 4.34 percent – down from 4.84 the day before.

Within the “Red Zone” focus areas, 4,305 test results were reported yesterday, yielding 187 positives or a 4.34 percent positivity rate. In the remainder of the state, not counting these “Red Zone” focus areas, 155,667 test results were reported, yielding 1,597 positives or a 1.02 percent positivity rate. The state’s overall positivity rate is 1.11 percent with focus areas included. The “Red Zone” focus areas are home to 2.8 percent of the state population yet had 10.5 percent of all positive test results reported to the state yesterday, and 11.6 percent of all positive case results reported to the state this current week.

Focus Zone
9/27-10/3 % Positive
10/4- 10/10 % Positive
Week to Date (10/11 – 10/16) % Positive
Day Prior (10/15) % Positive
Yesterday (10/16) % Positive
Brooklyn red-zone focus area % positive
6.69%
5.86%
5.36%
5.47%
4.92%
Queens % red-zone focus area % positive
2.97%
3.36%
2.47%
2.03%
2.39%
Rockland % red-zone focus area % positive
12.29%
9.77%
5.08%
11.26%
5.05%
Orange red-zone focus area % positive
24.64%
12.41%
5.99%
3.10%
6.47%
All red-zone focus area % positive
6.91%
6.13%
4.69%
4.84%
4.34%
Statewide % positive with red-zone focus areas included
1.25%
1.18%
1.17%
1.25%
1.11%
Statewide % positive without red-zone focus areas included
1.02%
1.01%
1.07%
1.14%
1.02%

 

 
9/27-10/3 % Positive
10/4- 10/10 % Positive
Week to Date (10/11 – 10/16) % Positive
Day Prior (10/15) % Positive
Yesterday (10/16) % Positive
Percentage of state’s positive cases coming from red-zone focus areas
21.80%
17.60%
11.60%
11.70%
10.50%

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 929 (+11)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 139
  • Hospital Counties – 41
  • Number ICU – 195 (-5)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 103 (+6)
  • Total Discharges – 78,235 (+118)
  • Deaths – 9
  • Total Deaths – 25,637

Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Region
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Capital Region
0.8%
0.7%
0.6%
Central New York
1.0%
1.2%
0.7%
Finger Lakes
1.3%
1.5%
0.9%
Long Island
1.1%
1.1%
1.0%
Mid-Hudson
1.6%
1.8%
1.6%
Mohawk Valley
0.5%
0.3%
0.3%
New York City
1.0%
1.2%
1.2%
North Country
0.5%
0.5%
0.3%
Southern Tier
1.1%
1.6%
1.4%
Western New York
1.6%
1.4%
1.4%

Each New York City borough’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:

Borough
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Bronx
1.10%
1.60%
1.20%
Brooklyn
1.20%
1.40%
1.50%
Manhattan
0.60%
0.70%
0.70%
Queens
1.00%
1.20%
1.30%
Staten Island
1.40%
1.40%
1.40%

Of the 482,891 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

County
Total Positive
New Positive
Albany
3,398
15
Allegany
200
12
Broome
2,844
60
Cattaraugus
399
6
Cayuga
284
9
Chautauqua
789
18
Chemung
1,199
43
Chenango
304
10
Clinton
192
2
Columbia
641
6
Cortland
399
12
Delaware
159
2
Dutchess
5,318
13
Erie
12,393
69
Essex
190
6
Franklin
77
2
Fulton
358
1
Genesee
371
0
Greene
465
1
Hamilton
16
0
Herkimer
368
1
Jefferson
186
0
Lewis
55
0
Livingston
239
5
Madison
531
3
Monroe
6,671
43
Montgomery
254
2
Nassau
48,494
117
Niagara
1,946
8
NYC
253,740
806
Oneida
2,586
12
Onondaga
4,977
31
Ontario
559
10
Orange
13,139
41
Orleans
360
1
Oswego
582
3
Otsego
364
2
Putnam
1,731
15
Rensselaer
1,021
1
Rockland
17,125
62
Saratoga
1,202
12
Schenectady
1,491
6
Schoharie
100
0
Schuyler
86
1
Seneca
126
1
St. Lawrence
355
2
Steuben
847
30
Suffolk
47,941
126
Sullivan
1,674
6
Tioga
424
11
Tompkins
534
11
Ulster
2,402
7
Warren
437
0
Washington
326
1
Wayne
377
4
Westchester
39,398
110
Wyoming
163
3
Yates
84
3

Yesterday, there were 9 deaths due to COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 25,637. One person who passed away in New York State yesterday was not a New Yorker. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:

Deaths by County of Residence
County
New Deaths
Bronx
1
Cattaraugus
1
Kings
1
Ontario
1
Orange
1
Queens
1
Suffolk
1
Westchester
1

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Delivers a COVID-19 Briefing on Day 231 in New York City; Announces Movie Theaters Outside NYC to open up to 25% Capacity on October 23, 2020 Theaters will be subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement.(Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)