Strict Restrictions over Public Gathering By New York and New Jersey Administrators to Control Coronavirus (MAR 16 , 2020)
Both Maurice and Christine are fine, and the cbs2 reporters are in the field bringing you the news from your neighborhoods. Major developers to tell you about tonight’s around the Coronavirus outbreak.
Governor Cuomo is banning large events in the state, and today mayor Diblasio declared a state of emergency in New York City. Cbs2 Allie Bauman is live outside Madison square garden in midtown.
Reporter: the goal is to spread new Yorkers out, in order to lower the rate of infection. Starting tomorrow at 5 pm, small venues will have to, are going to have to cut their occupancy in half, and most larger venues like MSG will have to cancel their events altogether. Meantime, the theater restrictions are already in place. I’ve been waiting for about a year, now, to actually go see this.
Reporter: Alejandra was so excited to see Hamilton for his 10th birthday, but at 5 pm Thursday at Broadway officially went dark. I’m bummed. Reporter: always all Broadway performances are suspended for the next month amid new coronavirus restrictions. We are going to lose a lot of hope, i guess. All of these shows, i think, it’s uplifting us.
Reporter: in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, governor Cuomo has declared any events in the state with more than 500 people must be canceled or postponed. All venues that hold less than 500 people like bars and restaurant must cut their max capacity in half. Laces like Barclays, Madison square garden, will not be operating.
Reporter: these restrictions may last up to six months. It’s surreal. Everything starts shutting down, the people have nothing, you don’t want to have the city simply shutting down because what do the people have?
Reporter: mass transit is still up and running but with fewer passengers as local leaders continue to urge people to work from home. It’s weird, this morning the train was empty, and that never happens. So many events at a standstill right now, after restrictions are lifted, many wonder how long it will take the city to fully recover. We look forward to the time when things will go back to normal, if there is such a thing.