Outdoor grad ceremonies will allowed for up to 150 people beginning June 26

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 June 2020 at 8:40 pm

With New York residents continuing to reduce new daily hospitalizations and infections from Covid-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easing some restrictions.

The state has been limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people in an effort to slow the coronavirus.

The governor on Saturday announced churches, mosques and other religious groups to hold services with people allowed inside up to 25 percent of a building’s capacity. The state had limited services to no more than 10 people.

The governor announced today that outdoor graduation programs would be allowed for up to 150 people, beginning June 26.

That announcement came three days after Cuomo said the state would allow drive-through or drive-in graduation ceremonies. That was on Thursday, when Cuomo said he wouldn’t support indoor ceremonies or outdoor programs in stadiums.

“In terms of reopening, we have been calibrating our strategy based on the data and the facts, and overall the numbers are down, the numbers are good and our plan is working,” Cuomo said today. “Based on today’s numbers we can continue to advance our reopening, and we will now allow outdoor graduations of up to 150 beginning June 26th. New Yorkers have worked together to bend this curve quickly, and if we continue on this trajectory, remain responsible and follow all social distancing protocols, we can keep accelerating our reopening strategy.”

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