2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (D) New York:
"We know exactly where the cases are coming from. OK, so then change the strategy, change the framework, the template from a state to a region to a county, down to the actual targeting by the block of the increase in the spread."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (D) New York:
"This micro cluster approach, we're going to continue through the vaccine because this is not over until the vaccine."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (D) New York:
"When is it available? Do people think it's safe? Well, the federal officials say it's safe. All right. Might somebody question that judgment? New York, we're going to have a New York task force review that vaccine when it's ready. And if they recommend to me it's safe, then I'll recommend to the people of the state."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (D) New York:
"Beginning October 23, movie theaters outside of New York City will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent capacity with up to 50 people maximum per screen, with up to 50 people per screen."
Movie theaters in New York state can reopen beginning next Friday with restrictions on audience size and other precautions in place, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
Theaters in New York City aren’t included, and counties must have a positivity rate below 2% on a 14-day average and have no “cluster zones.”
Audiences will be restricted to 25% of capacity with a maximum of 50 people per screen, Cuomo said at his briefing. Masks will be required and there will be assigned seating to ensure social distancing.
This week, the Global Cinema Federation sent an open letter to Cuomo urging him to let theaters reopen, saying Hollywood studios may continue delaying their remaining 2020 releases if theaters remain closed.
The group asked Cuomo to adopt a county-by-county plan for theater openings based on virus data, similar what it said California Gov. Gavin Newsom has done.