New York's Radio City Music Hall announced plans to reopen next month, offering full-capacity events to audiences without mask requirements.
"This beautiful hall will be filled once again," Cuomo said at a press conference from the iconic theater on Monday, The New York Times reported. "Having Radio City back at 100 percent, without masks, with people enjoying New York, and the New York arts, is going to be not only symbolic and metaphoric; but I think it's going to go a long way toward bringing back this state."
Up first to take the stage is Tribeca Film Festival's closing night on June 19. Tribeca will be the first film festival to be held in North America since the start of the pandemic last year, Gov. Cuomo said on Twitter.
The music hall will remain open past June 19, offering concerts and events for vaccinated audiences. How rules will be implemented has not yet been determined.
The chief executive of the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns several major venues in New York, said they were preparing for a "blockbuster summer," at the press conference with major events that would welcome vaccinated audiences.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he wants the city "fully reopened" by July 1 and famed destinations are already responding. The city's iconic Plaza Hotel will reopen later this month and Central Park's famous Tavern on the Green reopened last month.
New York's Broadway theatres are also beginning to re-emerge from the pandemic shutdown. Theatres are expected to reopen with full capacity performances as early as mid-September. Until then, a series of pop-up shows with stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Alec Baldwin and Patti Smith will perform around the city this summer.
Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel Leisure, currently based in Brooklyn. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or at caileyrizzo.com.
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