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New York Could Bring Back Live Events As Soon As February

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has said that they are working on a plan to bring back live events. The Gothamist reported that they tested out their plan this last weekend for the Buffalo Bills playoff game. They allowed 6,700 fans to attend out of the 72,000 seat capacity. In order to attend, everyone had to be tested for Covid prior to the event. So while live events may not be big, they may still be able to happen.

Governor Cuomo said, “Rapid testing poses great possibilities, as it can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. We will be entering a time where more people are vaccinated, and this will allow us to reopen more businesses safely. We piloted our strategy at last week’s Bills game, where testing was done in a drive-thru, at approximately five minutes per car. The New York State Department of Health is monitoring the contact tracing results, but all early indications suggest this model was successful.”

The Gothamist states: “The state’s New York Arts Revival will be a public/private partnership with a mission of bringing the arts back through pop-up performances and events, set to begin in early February and featuring the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock. Outdoor sites in the city and across the state, including in state parks and properties like the Park Avenue Armory, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and the Queens Theater will be a part of the effort, which will culminate with two landmark events: opening of Little Island at Pier 55 and 20th anniversary of Tribeca Film Festival in June.”

The state is going to work with real estate owners to try and open more rapid test sites, to allow for more live events. 

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Are you excited for the opportunity to attend live shows once again?