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Some event venues wrestle with hiring COVID monitors as restrictions ‘loosen’

Some event venues in the Finger Lakes aren’t exactly sure what the latest round of regulatory changes will mean for them as spring continues forward.

The state is updating COVID-19 guidance, which will mean that capacity limits- with COVID testing before- will jump up to 150 or 50% of the venue’s possible capacity. There will also be requirements on the contact tracing side of things.

However, local health departments and venue operators are left contending with the rules that remain- including guidance around activity inside the venue, social distancing, and mask-wearing.


13WHAM-TV reported that most counties are putting the responsibility on venues for safe operation. That means monitoring behavior will be on them. It could also mean hiring new staff to ‘follow’ guidance, or use existing staff to get that job done.

There’s also the chance for periodic inspections at the county-level.

Events with more than 50 people in attendance will require a negative COVID test for admittance. However, events with fewer than 50 people will not require a negative test.



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