The seats at New York City’s iconic event venues including Madison Square Garden and Broadway theaters are empty following an announcement by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events with 500 people or more in one location are banned statewide.
The move follows the announcement that COVID-19, Coronavirus cases have grown in New York State. According to CNBC, the ban is in effect until “further notice”. As of March 12, New York has 328 confirmed Coronavirus cases statewide.
There are currently at least 328 confirmed cases in New York, he said, 112 of which are new. But if the state’s actual cases were “ten times that, I would not be surprised,” Gov. Cuomo said at a press conference Thursday.
“You are going to see the same trajectory that you saw in China, South Korea and Italy,” He said. “So, we’re going to take very dramatic actions in that regard to reduce the number of people in a contagious environment.”
Across the country, Disney, NBA, NHL, NCAA and MLB are among the many organizations are cancelling large scale venue events to control the spread of the Coronavirus.