Cuomo Announces Launch of NY PopsUp, NYC Indoor Dining to Resume at 35% Capacity, Opening Dates for State-FEMA Vaccination Sites

February 22, 2021

News in New York – Cuomo Announces Launch of NY PopsUp, NYC Indoor Dining to Resume at 35% Capacity, Opening Dates for State-FEMA Vaccination Sites


Cuomo Announces Launch of NY PopsUp

Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of NY PopsUp, an initiative to support New York’s performing arts industries. NY PopsUp is an expansive festival that will feature hundreds of pop-up performances across the state, and will run from this past weekend through Labor Day. The first performance took place on Saturday, February 20, at the Javits Center, and featured performances from jazz musician Jon Batiste, choreographer Ayodele Casel, and opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo. The initiative is being overseen by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal, and programming for the festival will be led by interdisciplinary artist Zack Winokur, who will work with a hand-selected council of artistic advisors from New York’s performing arts scenes and artistic communities. More information on NY PopsUp is available here.

NYC Indoor Dining to Resume at 35% Capacity

Last week, Governor Cuomo made several reopening announcements. On Friday, Governor Cuomo announced that indoor dining can resume in NYC at 35% capacity starting on Friday, February 26th. The Governor made this announcement following the current downward trends in positivity and hospitalization rates in NYC, and said the 35% is consistent with New Jersey’s guidelines. He also stated that the Department of Health will ease restrictions on nursing home visits following new guidance from federal health officials. Earlier in the week, Cuomo announced that indoor family entertainment centers can open at 25% capacity beginning Friday, March 26, and outdoor amusement parks can open at 33% capacity beginning Friday, April 9. Last, the Governor stated that day and overnight summer camps in New York State can begin to plan for reopening, as the State will release guidance in the coming weeks.

Opening Dates for State-FEMA Vaccination Sites

Last Friday, Governor announced the opening dates and scheduling information for six new State-FEMA vaccination sites. Eligible New Yorkers were able to begin scheduling appointments for the Brooklyn and Queens sites this past Saturday, with the sites opening this upcoming Wednesday. Upstate, sites in Buffalo, Rochester, Albany and Yonkers are slated to begin vaccinations on March 3. For the first week of scheduling, appointments at these six sites statewide are initially reserved for certain zip codes with low vaccination rates, before opening up to all residents of the site’s host county, borough, or specified target region. The State has fully vaccinated over 1.1 million New Yorkers, and has administered over 2.2 million doses of the first vaccine, which you can track on the State’s vaccine dashboard.

Please contact Katie Schwab or Rose Christ of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies with any questions you may have regarding this note or if you’re interested in ways to engage on these issues.

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