The New York wedding industry just got a shot in the arm on Friday when Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new measures to increase seating capacity for receptions.

At a news conference in Albany, Cuomo said wedding venues in the state can now increase occupancy to 50 percent, with a cap of 150 people. The current restrictions are for 50 people per reception.

The state’s new rule goes into effect March 15 and includes an important clause: Every guest must be tested by a local health department before the event, Cuomo said.

According to reports, New York is working on an app that will list the names of the guests tested.

On the same day of this announcement, Cuomo also announced plans to reopen the indoor restaurant in New York City on Valentine’s Day with a 25 percent capacity.

Nationwide, COVID-19 cases have been falling for a few weeks.

During the vacation, the region’s COVID-19 positivity rate rose over 7 percent.

To date, there have been 12,579 positive cases in the state with a rate of 4.65 percent.

Today’s update on the numbers:

The total number of COVID hospital stays is 8,357.

Of the 270,518 tests reported yesterday, 12,579 were positive (4.65% of the total).

Unfortunately there were 151 deaths. – Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 29, 2021


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