New York State has approved large scale event venues to reopen in New York City with certain restrictions, including:

  • Arenas, stadiums and any other professional sports venues with an indoor or outdoor capacity of 10,000 or more attendees
  • Performing arts and entertainment venues with an indoor or outdoor capacity of 10,000 or more attendees

Venues must follow State COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Large stadiums and arenas for professional sports and large events can reopen with limited capacity: 

  • Indoor event venue capacity at 30% 
  • Outdoor event venue capacity at 33%

Before reopening, stadiums and arenas must:

  • Obtain New York State Department of Health approval for both venues and events
  • Ensure all staff and spectators receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the event
  • Mandate face coverings, social distancing, and temperature checks for all those in attendance
  • Mandate assigned, socially distanced seating
  • Collect contact information from all those in attendance to help inform contact tracing efforts
  • Meet enhanced air filtration, ventilation, and purification standards
  • Ensure retail, food services, and athletic activities follow all State-issued guidance

Learn more about stadium and arena reopening guidelines.

Before reopening, performing arts and entertainment venues must:

  • Restrict venues to 33% capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors
    • If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors
  • Require masks and social distancing by all attendees
  • Strictly follow all applicable Department of Health guidance

Learn more performing arts and entertainment venue reopening guidelines.

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