Cuomo announces NYC Marathon return, capacity increase for NBA playoffs

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As many as 13,000 fans will pack Madison Square Garden for the Knicks playoffs games — while the iconic New York City Marathon will make a return to the five boroughs this fall, officials announced Monday.

With the Knicks and Nets both making the playoffs, Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center will adopt new rules to set aside at least 50 percent of seats for fully vaccinated fans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall.

Unvaccinated seating sections will require masks and six-foot social distancing.

But Cuomo noted that the venues may choose to set aside up to 100 percent of their seats for vaccinated people, which won’t have the same restrictions.

“I encourage operators and venues to go higher than 50 percent vaccinated. You can go do 100 percent vaccinated. That’s in a private operator’s control. And frankly, from the state’s point of view, we want to encourage people to get vaccinated,” he said. 

Knicks owner James Dolan said he was shooting for 13,000 people at the 19,812-seat arena.

“For the next home playoff games, we’re shooting to have more than 13,000 fans at the Garden — the majority of whom will be sitting in vaccinated sections, shoulder to shoulder,” he said.

Meanwhile, Cuomo announced the NYC Marathon will be held Sunday, Nov. 7, and capped at 60 percent capacity — meaning 33,000 runners — and registration will open up on Sunday, June 8.

It will also celebrate the race’s 50th anniversary after the 2020 competition was canceled due to pandemic restrictions and capacity limitations.

And Radio City Music Hall will reopen at 100 percent capacity on June 19 for the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival — but will require all patrons to be vaccinated, Cuomo said.

The news came as Cuomo announced that, starting Wednesday, the state will adopt the CDC’s newly revised mask rules for all vaccinated New Yorkers.

He noted that Wednesday marks previously scheduled reopening plans, including scrapping most capacity restrictions for restaurants, museums, retail stores and offices. 

The 12 a.m. curfew for outdoor restaurants is also lifted Monday, as well as the return of 24-hour subway service. 

The midnight curfew on indoor dining will end on May 31.

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