New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will ban all gatherings with 500 or more people in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirusBy MICHAEL HILL, JENNIFER PELTZ and JIM MUSTIAN Associated PressMarch 12, 2020, 11:09 PM5 min readNEW YORK — Museums prepared to shut their doors, the opera was silenced, lights dimmed on Broadway, big gatherings were banned and the subway was shunned as the largest city in the United States wound down Thursday amid a rise in coronavirus cases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that gatherings with more than 500 people will temporarily be banned in New York state, one of several “dramatic actions” to contain the new virus. The governor said the ban would start for most places statewide at 5 p.m. Friday, though he said it does not apply to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and mass transit. Cuomo said it would be “tremendously disruptive” to close schools en masse. He gave broad outlines of plans to reduce “sustained close contact,” including a requirement to reduce crowding at smaller events, but offered few details. The ban for Broadway theaters started at 5 p.m. Thursday. Producers said they hoped to resume shows on April 13,


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