New York relaxing some pandemic restrictions later this month

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Given a continued decline in cases and progress with vaccinations, New York will soon ease certain pandemic-related restrictions on businesses, gatherings and venues.

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Social gathering limits increase to 500 for outdoor events on May 10 and up to 250 indoors starting May 19.

Also on May 29, existing business capacities are replaced with requiring six feet of social distance.

Outdoor residential gatherings are no longer capped. Those held inside the home are still limited, but can have up to 50 attendees.

Large-scale indoor venue capacity increases to 30%, with large outdoor venues growing to 33%. All events must still require proof of completed vaccination or a recent negative test for admission.

Hair salons, barber shops and other personal care services will expand to 75 percent capacity beginning May 7.

Food and beverage service — and catered event — curfews are set to end this month.

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