NY sets rules for dancing at events: only go down to your own dance zone
Albany, NY – Event venue weddings and parties may return to New York City from March 15, and the rules are in effect for an essential part of these celebrations.
Here’s what you need to know:
- You may only dance with members of your immediate group, household or family who are seated at your table during the event.
- You get a dance area: the state wants clearly marked areas assigned to each dance group and spaced at least 6 feet from other dance areas.
- Ideally, areas should be no smaller than 36 square feet.
- You must wear a mask while you dance.
- You cannot visit neighboring areas.
- For ceremonial dances, such as a couple’s first dance at a wedding, some participants may participate, provided they are designated in advance for the venue for the event. These dances are also limited to members of the same group, household or family and dancers should stay 6 feet away from other participants during the dance.
- Live bands are allowed, but if unmasked or playing a wind instrument, they must be separated from participants by 12 feet or a physical barrier.
Cuomo first announced the decision to allow weddings and other celebrations to return in January. Events are limited to 50% of the maximum capacity of an event location, up to 150 people.
Participants must be tested for Covid-19 in advance.
Families have been forced to cancel or postpone major events like weddings and other celebrations after the pandemic took hold last March.
The new party guidelines include a host of other requirements on masks, how to throw cocktails and more. The rules also apply to meetings and conferences.
You can read all guidelines online.
Cuomo has been talking for weeks about his desire to use a combination of tests and rules to further reopen New York’s economy. It was a major theme of his discourse on the State of the State last month.
In addition to weddings and parties, Cuomo announced earlier this month that live sports, music, and other events can return to major stadiums and arenas in the state.
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