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Cortland County not OK’d to reopen theatres

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Beginning this Friday (October 23), movie theaters in most parts of the state outside New York City can reopen at 25 percent capacity. Cortland is one of 12 counties not currently eligible to do so.

Cinemas can only open in counties that have COVID-19 positivity rates of less than 2 percent on a 14-day average and do not have any cluster zones.

Each is subject to rigorous state guidance and enforcement, with no more than 50 people allowed in front of any one screen at a time.

Cortland’s disqualification results from a recent spike in community cases mostly brought on by increased activity at SUNY Cortland.


State guidance on the reopening of theaters includes the following conditions:

  • Masks will be required at all times except when seated and eating or drinking.
  • Assigned seating will be required in all theaters.
  • Social distancing between parties will be required at all times.
  • Additional staffing will be required to control occupancy, traffic and seating to ensure compliance.
  • Enhanced air filtration, ventilation and purification standards must be met by theaters.

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