Gov. Cuomo: Houses of worship can open at 25 percent capacity in Phase 2

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(WIVB) – Houses of worship can open at 25 percent capacity starting immediately for New York State regions in Phase Two of reopening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during his Saturday morning press conference.

Those attending services should still take precautions to follow social distancing, Gov. Cuomo added. The governor said it will be up to churches, temples, and mosques to put protocols in place.

The reopening of houses of worship originally fell in Phase Four of the state’s four stage reopening plan.

Last month, the governor announced that they could have small religious services with fewer than ten people and conduct drive through or parking lot services.

Cuomo credited “very good” metrics for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations for the acceleration of opening.

The Governor also confirmed 1,075 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 376,208 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 376,208 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany1,95312
Allegany510
Broome6138
Cattaraugus920
Cayuga1002
Chautauqua992
Chemung1370
Chenango1330
Clinton970
Columbia4121
Cortland410
Delaware851
Dutchess3,99511
Erie6,42970
Essex380
Franklin230
Fulton2223
Genesee2061
Greene2464
Hamilton50
Herkimer1227
Jefferson750
Lewis200
Livingston1210
Madison3252
Monroe3,16750
Montgomery982
Nassau40,85356
Niagara1,10910
NYC206,511571
Oneida1,12750
Onondaga2,37546
Ontario2201
Orange10,50824
Orleans2547
Oswego1142
Otsego741
Putnam1,2744
Rensselaer4992
Rockland13,31518
Saratoga5015
Schenectady7104
Schoharie543
Schuyler120
Seneca610
St. Lawrence2092
Steuben2515
Suffolk40,27839
Sullivan1,4112
Tioga1340
Tompkins1714
Ulster1,7143
Warren2571
Washington2400
Wayne1231
Westchester33,92470
Wyoming891
Yates390

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