Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced bowling alleys throughout New York will be allowed to reopen starting Monday with strict safety protocols in place. Bowling alleys will be able to operate at a 50 percent maximum occupancy limit; face coverings and social distancing will be required at all times; every other lane must be closed; patrons need to stay with the party at their assigned lane; thorough cleaning and disinfection of shared or rented equipment between each use will be required, and all food service must follow all state-issued guidance. Due to restrictions on indoor dining, food and beverage service will not be allowed in New York City bowling alleys.

The Governor also announced that New York City museums and other low-risk cultural institutions can reopen starting Monday, August 24. The institutions include museums, aquariums, and other low-risk indoor cultural arts. All institutions that reopen will be subject to state guidance. These institutions must obey strict safety protocols, including a 25 percent maximum occupancy limit, timed ticketing required with pre-set, staggered entry, strict enforcement of face coverings, social distancing, controlled traffic flow to avoid crowding, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.

“New York City’s world-class cultural institutions have long provided comfort and creativity for generations of people in one of the world’s most vibrant places, and when the COVID-19 pandemic began to threaten the city and this nation, it was especially heartbreaking to see them close their doors,” Governor Cuomo said. “This pandemic is far from over, but we’ve determined that institutions can reopen if they adhere to strict state guidance and take every precaution to keep visitors safe, and I look forward to seeing them inspire New Yorkers once again. I’m also happy to report that we will be able to open bowling alleys across the state with strict safety protocols in place, providing a level of fun and recreation at a time when New Yorkers really need it.”

The Governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, 87,900 test results—a new record high—were reported to New York State. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at

“On the numbers, it’s been extraordinary, so congratulations to New Yorkers because their actions created this result,” Governor Cuomo said. “While the other states are seeing real trouble we are doing very well – we have to protect the progress from outside our borders and continue to enforce compliance within our state among establishments.”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,332 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 12 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Brooklyn 1
  • Manhattan4
  • Queens2
  • Nassau5

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization554 (-1)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 86
  • Hospital Counties28
  • Number ICU127 (+3)
  • Number ICU with Intubation59 (+3)
  • Total Discharges73,997 (+90)
  • Deaths3
  • Total Deaths – 25,232

Of the 85,455 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 727 or 0.85 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 727 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 424,167 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 424,167 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 295 cases in Herkimer County with  8 deaths.