New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday banned gatherings of more than 500 people throughout the state over the coronavirus, effectively turning off the lights on Manhattan’s famed Broadway just hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped to keep the theaters open.Cuomo said the sweeping proposal to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus will go into effect Friday at 5 p.m., but that the rules for Broadway will begin 5 p.m. Thursday.That evening, de Blasio declared a state of emergency in the city, stating that the outbreak “could easily be a six-month crisis.”CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE“We are taking new actions to reduce the density of people across the state,” Cuomo announced on Twitter. “We must plan for every contingency & we are taking measures to create a reserve workforce of health care professionals in the event of a staffing shortage.”The governor also said facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer will have their legal capacity reduced by 50 percent.The Manhattan theaters were told about the new measures in advance and they agreed with government officials, Cuomo said. The Broadway League issued a statement, which said all Broadway shows were suspended through April 12.The city saw


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