The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be held in person at the Barclays Center on August 30, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a press conference on Monday.
Cuomo said the 36-year-old show will take place at the Brooklyn venue, albeit with limited or absent audiences. Social distance precautions and capacity limits will be in effect, MTV said in a statement. The company said it will continue to “follow closely” the guidance of state and local officials and its team of medical experts.
New York City will enter Phase 3 of its four-step reopening plan on July 6th. This stage includes indoor dining room, beauty salons and other personal care services such as tattoo parlors.
The cases of New York City continue to decline and the city has avoided recent developments states like Arizona, Florida and Texas have lived. On Monday, the governor also said the state had seven coronavirus deaths on Sunday and that New York’s hospitalization rate 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 people.
Last year’s awards show was at Newark’s Prudential Center and the 2018 event was at Radio City Music Hall.