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Outdoor venues can go back to full-capacity this month, but unvaccinated patrons will get their own section

On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that large-scale outdoor event venues will only be limited by the space available for patrons or parties of patrons to maintain the required social distance of 6 feet starting May 19.

This will apply to outdoor sports, performing arts and live entertainment, and horse and auto racing venues statewide. Appropriate social distancing, masks and other applicable health protocols will still apply.


“45% of eligible people have been fully vaccinated. Those numbers are very good and they exceed the national average, but we must continue to vaccinate,” Cuomo said. “We’re seeing the numbers slow on vaccination. And if there’s one dial that gives me pause, it is the number of people coming in to get vaccinated has dropped despite the fact that it is now much easier to get vaccinated. You don’t have to make an appointment. It’s walk in. Everybody is eligible.”

To that end, outdoor venues- like baseball stadiums will be able to resume normal seating and protocols- with masks- for those who are vaccinated.

Those who are not will be placed in a specific section where capacity will be limited to 33%, six feet of social distancing, and mask-wearing.