Guidance To Reopen Large Venues Across New York State Likely Next Week

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ALBANY – Additional guidance on how to safely open large venues across New York State could be coming as soon as next week.

State leaders hinted that guidance will be based on the Buffalo Bills playoff games model, which the state has said was successful in keeping the virus from rapidly spreading.

In a nutshell, the Bills game model had attendees get tested for COVID-19 days before entering Bills Stadium for the games.

Officials would like to implement this same strategy for other large venues, including those that house sporting events and weddings.

Regarding wedding receptions, the state has already released some guidance.

Starting March 15, receptions may take place at venues in the state, but with half capacity and a maximum of 150 people.

Additionally, everyone who attends must get tested for COVID-19 beforehand and the local health department must approve the event itself.


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