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Putnam County movie theaters allowed to reopen today

Putnam County movie theaters will be among those allowed to reopen today as restrictions in most of New York are lifted. County Executive MaryEllen Odell says restaurants, gyms and other businesses that cater to the public are open, so it didn’t make sense to keep movie theaters closed.  She recognizes that people are feeling Covid fatigue and says they should be trusted to make the right decisions to stay safe.  Theaters must limit capacity to 25 percent with no more than 50 people per screen; patrons must wear masks except when seated and eating or drinking; theaters must assign seating and even groups of friends will have to socially distance; air filtration systems and ventilation will have to meet state standards; and additional staff will be required to ensure rules are followed.