New York Will Loosen Some Restrictions on Gatherings

NEW YORK (AP) -
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Covid-19 vaccines at Delavan Grider Community Center in Buffalo, Wednesday. (Darren McGee- Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

New York will loosen restrictions on gatherings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

The Democratic governor said that the limit for outdoor private gatherings will rise from 10 to 25 starting March 22. The limit for indoor gatherings in public spaces will go from 50 to 100 and the limit for outdoor public events will go from 50 to 200 on the same date, he said.

In addition to the phased reopening, Cuomo said New York state is receiving an initial shipment of 164,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Three state-run vaccination sites, including one at Yankee Stadium, will temporarily shift to 24-hour operations in order to schedule appointments for the new vaccine, he said.

“I know there’s a pent-up demand,” Cuomo said. “I believe people will show up in the middle of the night to get the vaccine.”