NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will loosen restrictions on gatherings at his first news conference since an investigation was announced into sexual harassment allegations against him by three women.

The Democratic governor said Wednesday that that limit for outdoor private gatherings will rise from 10 to 25 starting March 22.

The limit for indoor gatherings in public spaces will go from 50 to 100 and the limit for outdoor public events will go from 50 to 200 on the same date.

Cuomo said New York state is receiving an initial shipment of 164,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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