(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:
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