On Broadway, the shows will go on, but not without some major pandemic preventions for audiences and cast members.
Before 41 Broadway theaters in New York City turn down the house lights for the first shows in more than a year, audience members, performers, stage crews and staff will be required to show proof that they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19, The Broadway League announced Friday.
- The theaters, which will open again in just days, have been closed to live audiences for more than 16 months, The New York Times reported.
- The strict vaccination and masking requirements come as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned this week that even vaccinated Americans should wear a mask while inside public places of “substantial or high transmission” to stave off delta variant coronavirus infections.
The owners & operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City have announced a vaccination and mask policy for audiences in effect through October 31, 2021.https://t.co/X4XU5sKXmH pic.twitter.com/XJ9SoL9Xox— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) July 30, 2021
Families are welcome on Broadway, but with a test
For children under 12 years old (who are currently ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine) or those unable to get the vaccine because of a medical condition or “a closely held religious belief” will be required to show a recent negative COVID-19 test, the Broadway League said.
“As vaccination has proven the most effective way to stay healthy and reduce transmission, I’m pleased that the theatre owners have decided to implement these collective safeguards at all our Broadway houses,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement. “A uniform policy across all New York City Broadway theatres makes it simple for our audiences and should give even more confidence to our guests about how seriously Broadway is taking audience safety.”
Vaccine proof goes off Broadway, too
The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York, which both host performance arts events, will also require proof of vaccination and will not allow anyone under 12 into the theaters, The New York Times reported.
“Obviously, it’s painful to me personally and to the company not to have young people coming into the theater,” said general manger of the Met Pete Gelb, according to the Times.
Gleb told the newspaper it was a difficult decision to bar children from the famous venue, but it is intended to keep Met staff and audiences safe.