ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The governor says more people in New York will be able to attend outdoor sports games, concerts, gyms, casinos and work offices starting in mid-May. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that large-scale outdoor event venues can operate at 33% of capacity starting May 19 for professional and collegiate sports and live entertainment events. That’s up from 20% currently. The governor cited the state’s progress in reducing COVID-19 infections as reason for lifting restrictions. New York had among the nation’s highest rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases this winter, and infection rates remained at high levels throughout February and March. Cases and hospitalizations have been steadily dropping statewide in April.
Photo: ‘Curly Shirley’ Catton, back to camera, left of center, leads her students in her High on Life” fitness class in front of the Audubon Boathouse, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in New York. “I just love the park because there’s always a new route to take,” Catton said. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)