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Published on Monday, August 17, 2020

New York museums get green light to reopen

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the state will permit museums and other cultural attractions to reopen from next week.

Establishments may reopen from 24 August, Cuomo said on a conference call with reporters.

They must adhere to safety and social distancing protocols with a maximum 25% capacity.

All tickets sold must have a timed, staggered entry and face masks must be worn at all times.

"Low-risk cultural activities, museums, aquariums, other low-risk cultural arts can reopen in New York City so they can get their protocols in place," Cuomo said.

It doesn't apply to performing arts venues, like Broadway theaters which must remain closed.

The Museum of Modern Art announced it will reopen on 27 August and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen on August 29.

From this week bowling alleys throughout New York will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity, with every other lane blocked to ensure social distancing.

"This pandemic is far from over, but we've determined that institutions can reopen if they adhere to strict state guidance and take every precaution to keep visitors safe, and I look forward to seeing them inspire New Yorkers once again," Cuomo added.

The state will still continue imposing quarantine for visitors from 33 states with high Covid-19 infection rates.

These include California, Texas, and Florida.


Written by Ray Montgomery, US editor

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