Cinemas in the US city of New York will partially reopen from next month.
This was announced on Monday by the governor of the eponymous state, Andrew Cuomo. This is the latest release of pandemic restrictions in the big city, the AFP news agency said.
Cuomo explained that the cinemas will be able to operate at 25 percent of their capacity from March 5, which is up to 50 spectators per screening. The cinemas will open almost a year after they are closed.
“Epidemic rules such as city allocation, social distance and more will apply,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter.
Officials closed cinemas last March 17, when COVID-19 began to spread rapidly in the US commercial capital, claiming nearly 29,000 lives.
Cuomo has started to gradually relax measures in recent weeks as the rate of positive cases falls.
From February 12, restaurants can release customers indoors, but only to 25 percent capacity.
They can reopen to ten percent of the capacity of a large arena, including sports stadiums, this week.
New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will play their home games in front of 2,000 fans at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center on Tuesday.
The seven-day moving average of positive test results in New York City remains above four percent, down from more than six percent in early January, according to government data.
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