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New York bans gatherings of 500 or more people due to coronavirus

Devin Townsend at Warsaw
Concertgoers at Warsaw earlier this month (more by Mathieu Bredeau)

Joining other mass gathering bans happening across the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a ban on gatherings of 500 or more people in the state, starting Friday (3/13) at 5 PM. In addition, in places with an occupancy of 500 people or fewer, he says the legal capacity will be reduced by 50%. Read his tweets below.

The new rules applies to Broadway theaters, and for them it goes into effect today (3/12) at 5 PM. For other places, including concert venues, it begins on Friday (3/13) at 5 PM.

Speaking at a press conference today, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said arenas like Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center could remain closed for “a number of months.”

We expect these new rules to cancel or postpone most if not all area concerts, but are waiting to hear official word from bands and venues.

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