The MTV Video Music Awards 2020 will be presented in person at the Barclays Center on August 30, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a press conference on Monday.
Mr. Cuomo said the 36-year award ceremony would take place at the Brooklyn venue, albeit with a limited or no audience. Precautions against social distancing and capacity limits will take effect, MTV said in a press release. The company said it will continue to “closely follow instructions from state and local government officials and its own team of medical experts.”
New York City is set to phase 3 of the four-stage reopening plan on July 6th. This phase includes indoor restaurants, nail salons, and other personal care services such as tattoo parlors.
The Barclays Center, like the city’s other venues, has been closed since March after the city canceled all cultural and sporting events to limit the spread of the corona virus. The square in front of the event location has become a central location Collect space for Black Lives Matter Protesters in the past few weeks.
The falls in New York City continue to decline, and the city has avoided recent upward movements States like Arizona, Florida and Texas have experienced. The governor said Monday that the state had seven coronavirus deaths on Sunday and that the hospitalization rate in New York on Thursday was the lowest since March 18.
The last time the Barclays Center hosted the show was in 2013. The venue has a capacity of approximately 19,000 seats.
Last year’s award ceremony took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, and the 2018 event took place at Radio City Music Hall.