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As NYS COVID-19 numbers go down; capacity is being increased at gyms, casinos, offices and outdoor venues

Governor Cuomo announced Monday that capacity at gyms and fitness facilities can go up from 33% to 50%.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — New York State is making 'great progress' on reducing the COVID-19 positivity rate according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The governor was in Syracuse Monday and said the state is seeing some of the lowest positivity and hospitalization numbers since November. As a result, capacity at the following is being increased starting on May 15, with the exception of outdoor venues starting on May 19:

  • Outdoor venues: from 20% to 33%
  • Offices: from 50% to 75%
  • Casinos: from 25% to 50%
  • Gyms and fitness facilities: 33% to 50%

"The arrows are all pointed in the right direction," Cuomo said. Statewide, 14.5 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date.

The WNY region is still number one in New York State in terms of COVID-19 positive rates at 3.5%. The WNY region includes Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

The seven-day average statewide stands at 2.1%, the lowest since November 8.