Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed on Monday a plan to hold hundreds of pop-up performing arts events around the state as part of a long-term plan to bring back in-person events scuttled by the pandemic.
The program, called NY PopsUp, will include 300 events over 100 days around New York. Eventually, these events will ramp up to include spectators, Cuomo said, as the state moves toward venues reopening with COVID-19 testing protocol in place.
Cuomo said this could eventually lead to a limited reopening of Broadway theaters, which have been closed for nearly a year.
"That is where we are headed," Cuomo said. "The overall effort is headed towards reopening with testing. We're going to be smart, but also aggressive about it."
The first event will take place on February 20 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. It will be a special tribute to health care workers.
An initial model for this were a pair of Buffalo Bills playoff games last month held outdoors. And wedding ceremonies, capped at 150 people with testing requirements in place, are set to begin again next month.
The governor had initially announced the proposal in his State of the State address last month. There's no timeline for when venues may be able to fully reopen.
Cuomo wants to revamp the performing arts industry, which has been devastated by the pandemic.
"We have to nurture that industry to bring it back," Cuomo said.