NEW YORK (dpa-AFX) – The state of New York is reopening its stadiums for major events. “Any major stadium or arena – ice hockey, basketball, football, soccer, baseball, music shows, demonstrations – can open from February 23,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday (local time). The basis for this is that the organizers’ individual plans to avoid corona infections are approved by the responsible health authority.
Strict guidelines apply to the opening in the metropolis of New York, too: only stadiums with more than 10,000 seats are eligible. These may only be used to ten percent. In addition, every visitor must be able to show a negative corona test that is not older than 72 hours, wear a face mask, keep their distance from other people and undergo a temperature check.
New York has so far survived the second wave of the corona pandemic comparatively well and with fewer hospital admissions at the peak than with the fatal first outbreak in spring 2020, also because of strictly enforced measures. Most recently, museums and the interiors of restaurants have been reopened under strict restrictions. In the state, almost ten percent of the population already received at least one dose of vaccine./scb/DP/zb