All public gatherings of 500 people or more are banned in New York starting Friday, and Broadway shows are effectively shut down as of Thursday evening, under a directive from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo said the aim is to reduce population density to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. State health officials reported 109 new cases Thursday, for a total of 325.
The governor said the predicted spread of COVID-19 is a public health emergency, and so he has to take “dramatic” steps.
“To reduce the number of people in contagious environments,” Cuomo said.