Spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races at 20% capacity beginning APRIL 22
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced the curfew for food and beverage establishments will be moved from 11 p.m. to midnight effective Monday, April 19. The curfew for catered events will move from midnight to 1 a.m.
Also, spectators will be allowed at horse and auto races at 20% capacity, beginning Thursday, April 22. They will be subject to the state's strict guidance, which is currently in effect for other professional sports competitions with fans. Attendees must show proof of a recent negative test or completed vaccination series prior to entry and are subject to the state's health and safety protocols on face coverings, social distancing, and health screening.
"We're continuing to fight the pandemic each and every day, and the vaccine – the weapon that will win the war – is working. As the situation becomes more manageable, we're allowing spectators at auto and horse races back into stadiums to safely enjoy great events together. We have a long way to go before reaching a level of immunity that defeats the COVID beast for good, and that's why New Yorkers need to continue practicing safe behaviors as they go about their daily lives," Cuomo said. "We're expanding eligibility, opening more vaccination sites and bringing the vaccine directly to New Yorkers underserved by traditional health care institutions in the communities where they live. However, it's going to take more effort to get us through this pandemic and out to the other side – washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing are critical tools we can use to slow the spread and keep each other safe."
Cuomo also said, “The numbers are down on COVID. We talked about adjusting the valve between economic activity and economic constraint depending on how we're doing with COVID. We're going to extend the 11 p.m. curfew for food and beverage to midnight. That will go into effect Monday, April 19. For catered events, it will go from midnight to 1 a.m. At the same time, we caution New Yorkers: Don't get cocky. The disease is still very much with us. You see it escalating in some states, you see it escalating in some countries. We have to stay smart until COVID is crushed – and it won't be crushed until we get herd immunity; and we won't get herd immunity until we finish vaccinating everyone. That's where we are.”