NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The Sept. 11 Tribute in Light will go on this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others stepped in to ensure it could be organized in compliance with coronavirus safety restrictions.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum initially said the annual tribute would not happen next month because it would put the production crew's health at risk.
The museum's initial statement said the decision was made "after concluding the health risks during the pandemic were far too great for the large crew required."
The memorial and museum said nearly 40 stagehands typically work in close proximity to produce the installation, which organizers said does not align with COVID-19 safety precautions.
On Saturday, museum president and CEO Alice M. Greenwald released a statement saying in part, "In the last 24 hours we've had conversations with many interested parties and believe we will be able to stage the tribute in a safe and appropriate fashion."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state "will provide health personnel to supervise to make sure the event is held safely while at the same time properly honoring 9/11."
Last month, the memorial and museum said this year's ceremony would not include a live, in-person reading of the victims' names due to coronavirus concerns. Instead, a pre-recorded name reading will be played.
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