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New York increasing capacity at arenas next month

by NectesGM News

Large indoor arenas in New York can expand to 25 percent capacity starting May 19 — while museums and zoos can boost to 50 percent beginning next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Movie theaters also will be able to increase the number of film fans in seats to 33 percent as of next Monday, the governor said.

The Nets will also be allowed to welcome 25 percent indoor capacity at Barclays Center, just before the NBA Playoffs begin
The Nets will also be allowed to welcome 25 percent indoor capacity at Barclays Center, just before the NBA Playoffs begin
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The expansion of indoor capacity at New York City-area sporting venues such as Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and Nassau Coliseum on Long Island will come just in time for the NBA and NHL post-seasons.

That’s good news for the Brooklyn Nets, who are essentially a lock to make the basketball playoffs, and the Knicks, who are likely to play post-season, too.

The New York Islanders expect to make the NHL playoffs, even as the outlook is less rosy for the Rangers.

The local teams’ massive sports facilities are currently only allowed 10 percent capacity amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Madison Square Garden will be among arena's that will open to 25 percent indoor capacity
Madison Square Garden will be among arena’s that will open to 25 percent indoor capacity
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Museums and zoos in the state are currently at 33 percent, while movie theaters have been at 25 percent.

Additional reporting by Justin Tasch

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