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Cuomo: Broadway to reopen Sept. 14; new rules for baseball games

Tom Magnarelli
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Broadway shows will reopen on September 14, and that there will be new rules for attending baseball games, including incentives for the unvaccinated.

Cuomo said tickets will go on sale May 6 for Broadway shows.

The governor also announced new rules for Yankees and Mets baseball games.

Vaccinated ticket holders can sit in adjacent seats with a group of fully vaccinated family and friends.

Those who are unvaccinated will have to sit in a separate, socially distanced section with a maximum capacity of 33%. They will be offered a chance to get a vaccine at the stadium, and if they agree, they will also get a free ticket for a future game.

The governor said it’s important to get baseball back to normal.

“The crowd makes the game,” Cuomo said.

The new rules also apply for the Toronto Blue Jays games in Buffalo later this year, and for minor league games, But so far the Blue Jays and other teams will not be offering vaccines.

Cuomo says  a prior testing requirement at the stadiums will end.

The new rules come as the state’s positivity rate, at 1.4%, is the lowest since Oct. 28. Cuomo said 2,458 New Yorkers remain in the hospital, and 31 people died Tuesday.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.