Governor Cuomo and his advisors laid about a plan for smaller entertainment venues to start reopening next month.

When it was announced recently that arenas that hold 10,000 or more could start hosting fans at events, the big question mark was when will smaller venues be able to do the same. We now have those details!

Governor Cuomo and his team laid out details today for all other entertainment and arts events to reopen. As of April 2nd, these types of venues can start holding events with spectators under the following guidelines:

  • Without testing, venues can operate at 33% capacity with a cap of 100 people at indoor venues and 200 people at outdoor venues.
  • If with COVID testing before entry, the cap for indoor venues goes up to 150 and up to 500 people outdoors

So the great news is we finally have a starting point for entertainment to return to the Capital Region. The bad news? At these lower capacities, will be it financially feasible for venues to start holding shows? Margins are slim in the concert business when venues are operating at full capacity, so shows in the traditional sense may not come back full force until these capacity limits either grow or are lifted altogether.

That said, maybe stripped-down acoustic shows could become the norm for the time being as things slowly grow after reopening. With smaller crowds they would make sense, and may make bringing shows back in the immediate future a real possibility for some local Capital Region venues.

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