New York Governor Cuomo says the Barclays Middle, different main arenas within the state, can reopen from February 23rd

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a press conference at a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination center in the William Reid Apartments in Brooklyn, New York City, the United States, on Jan. 23, 2021.

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Large stadiums and arenas in New York can reopen with limited capacity from February 23, if approved by the state Department of Health, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday.

Stadiums with 10,000 or more seats are capped at 10% and anyone entering the buildings must present a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the event.

The first major event already approved by state health officials will take place at New York’s Barclays Center, where the Brooklyn Nets will battle the Sacramento Kings on February 23, Cuomo said.

Source: New York State

Much of the state’s plan to reopen the stadium is based on a pilot program that ran in January that allowed nearly 7,000 football fans to attend the Buffalo Bills’ home game as long as they presented a negative Covid-19 test. Cuomo called the program “an unprecedented success”.

“This strikes the balance of safe reopening,” Cuomo said at a press conference.

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