Broadway, restaurants, and shops will return with 'most capacity restrictions' lifted on May 19, New York Gov. Cuomo announces

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said on Monday that Broadway theaters could reopen on May 19. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
  • Broadway will reopen starting on May 19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced on Monday.

  • Cuomo said "most capacity restrictions" would be lifted for restaurants, museums, and gyms.

  • The subway will return to 24/7 service on May 17 as bar and restaurant curfews are lifted, he said.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced on Monday that Broadway theaters and a slew of other places would be close to fully reopened by May 19.

Cuomo described the initiative as a "major reopening" and said "most capacity restrictions" would be lifted across theaters, gyms, museums, restaurants, bars, amusement parks, and shops.

The subway will return to 24-hour service on May 17 as curfews are lifted for bars and restaurants, he said.

Broadway theaters have been closed since March 2020, but the return of shows is likely to take some time because many need to be recast.

In his announcement on Monday, Cuomo said Broadway theaters would not need to observe social-distancing requirements if they require guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

A show from the Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Savion Glover opened for a crowd of 150 people on Broadway in early April, but most theaters have remained closed as unions and theater owners figure out how to get performances back up and running.

Cuomo has ramped up his reopening efforts as multiple scandals have rocked his administration in recent months.

He's increased restaurant capacity restrictions, and major sports teams have allowed fans into arenas in recent weeks with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

On Monday, Cuomo once again refused to resign despite calls to do so from most of New York's congressional delegation and investigations into allegations of sexual misconduct.

"I did nothing wrong, period, and I'm not resigning," he said.

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