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April 2nd! Finally, the Entertainment Industry Opens Again!

Posted by Giselle Ayala Mateus | Mar 04, 2021 | 0 Comments

In July of 2020, the New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered a state shot down. One of the most affected industries of the economy was the Entertainment Industry. More than 1000 artists, musicians, and other professionals lost their jobs. In the meantime, we all had to learn to enjoy the entertainment online and to adapt to the restrictive measures imposed by the CDC and other authorities. However, the long wait appears to come to an end. On February 16, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that indoor family entertainment centers and places of amusement would be allowed to reopen beginning in late March and April. We are all expectant about how this "new normal" will look like. 

While family indoor entertainment can open with a 25 percent capacity, outdoor amusement parks and other similar venues can open with a 33 percent capacity limit. To properly reopen all facilities are required to submit to the local health department reopening plans that include health protocols for employees, managerial staff, and customers. Additionally, health screening, temperature checks, face coverings, and social distancing continue to be required. For purposes of clarity and uniformity, the Department of Health will issue specific reopening guidance, including details on timing, in the coming weeks.

Along with the news of the reopening different companies and organizations have announced dates for concerts and live performances.  Additionally, nonprofits with venues conditioned for this will also host shows in places like the Apollo Theater, the ark Avenue Armony, Harlem Stage, la MaMa, among others. In some areas, however, the reopening will force producers and directors to change their focus. For instance, Broadway, as we knew it, may have to reinvent itself. 

To know more about this topic check out this New York Times article:

In this context, many small businesses, artists, and managers have still many doubts regarding how to handle the reopening and what specific issues require a closer looking considering for example legal risks. At the Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus, our professionals are ready to guide them and work with them on any areas that require the attention of an attorney. For more information call now for a FREE consultation.  


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Giselle Ayala Mateus

Giselle Ayala Mateus is a NY attorney with comprehensive experience in transactional law, creative agreements, business formation, and immigration law. She is also the founder of FOCUS a not-for-profit project focused on supporting entrepreneurs and artists.


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