New York’s wedding industry just got a shot in the arm Friday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new measures to increase seating capacity for receptions.
In a press conference in Albany, Cuomo said wedding venues in the state can now increase occupancy to 50 percent, with a cap of 150 people. The current restrictions allow for 50 people per reception.
The state’s new rule kicks in on March 15, and it comes with an important clause: Each guest must be tested by a local health department prior to the event, Cuomo said.
According to reports, New York is working on developing an app that would list guests’ names that have been tested.
On the same day of this announcement, Cuomo also revealed plans to reopen indoor dining in New York City at 25 percent capacity on Valentine’s Day.
Statewide, COVID-19 cases are down from a few weeks ago.
During the holidays, the area’s COVID-19 positivity rate surged past 7 percent.
As of today, the state saw 12,579 positive cases with a rate of 4.65 percent.