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Broadway To Reopen Sept. 14; New Rules For Crowds At Baseball Games

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Central New Yorkers now know their options if they're looking to head to the Big Apple to catch a Broadway show or anywhere in the state for a baseball game.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Broadways shows will re open on September 14th, and that there will be new rules for attending baseball games, including incentives for the unvaccinated.

Cuomo says tickets go on sale May 6th  for Broadway shows, which will reopen at full capacity on September 14th.

The governor also announced new rules for Yankees and Mets baseball games. Vaccinated ticket holders can sit in adjacent seats with a group of fully vaccinated family and friends , unvaccinated will have to sit in a separate, socially distanced section with a maximum capacity of 33%.  But those who have not yet received their doses will be offered a chance for a vaccine at the stadium. If they agree, they will also get a free ticket for a future game.  The governor says it’s important to get baseball back to normal.

“The crowd makes the game,” said Cuomo.

The new rules also apply for the Toronto Blue Jays games in Buffalo later this year, and for minor league games, but so far, the Blue Jays and other teams will not be offering vaccines.

Cuomo said a prior testing requirement at the stadiums will end.

Cuomo was asked about legal implications for separating vaccinated people from unvaccinated people, he says anyone who might object does not have any legal standing.

You have no right to have to sit next to another person,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo says there may be additional rules for attending Broadway shows, as well, including requiring proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. Cuomo aide Robert Mujica says there are concerns, but it’s too early to make a decision.

Will people feel comfortable sitting right next to another individual without knowing their vaccination status?” Mujica said. “What we know from surveys is that the  answer is no.”

The new rules come as the state’s positivity rate, at 1.4%, is the lowest since Oct. 28. Cuomo said 2,458 New Yorkers remain in the hospital, and 31 people died Tuesday.