Governor Cuomo has announced that due to a reduction of the COVID-19 positivity rate, several gathering and capacity restrictions will be reduced in the coming weeks. They include the following:
Beginning on Friday, March 19th, restaurants that are currently operating at 50% capacity, are permitted to begin operating at 75% capacity. This includes all restaurants throughout Niagara County and Western New York. It is important to note that all safety guidelines will remain in place. Those guidelines can be found here.
Starting on Monday, March 22nd, residential outdoor gathering will increase to 25 people. The indoor residential gathering limit will remain at ten, due to increased risk of virus transmission. Also on March 22nd, the non-residential indoor gathering limit will increase to 100 people, while the outdoor limit will become 200 people. All social distancing and face masks protocols will remain.
On Friday, April 2nd, arts and entertainment venues will be permitted to operate at 33% capacity, while hosting up to 100 people indoors or 200 outdoors. With testing, those numbers would increase to 150 individuals indoors and up to 500 outdoors. Protocols regarding social distancing and face coverings will remain in effect.