Broadway Announces New COVID-19 Policies for Shows. If you are ready to return to theaters make sure you are following the new procedures! This week, the Broadway League has announced that all 41 Broadway Theaters will require audiences to wear masks (except while eating and drinking or in designated locations) and be vaccinated to attend shows.
President of the Broadway League Charlotte St. Martin says a unified policy throughout all 41 theaters “makes it simple for our audiences and should give even more confidence to our guests about how seriously Broadway is taking audience safety.”
While speaking on behalf of theater owners, Nick Scandalios of The Nederlander Organization added, “With these procedures in place and recognizing the high vaccination rates among NYC audiences, Broadway continues to make safety our priority. As we get ready for Broadway’s big comeback, the entire theatre community is committed to the highest level of public health standards. We’re all eager to welcome our many patrons and fans back to the magic of Broadway.”
Several agreements have been made in the past few days regarding the casts and crews for the various shows currently in production. The Actors’ Equity Association (actors and stage managers union) and the Broadway League (producers and theater owners representatives) reached an agreement requiring mandatory vaccines for Broadway’s workforce. The Broadway League also has reached an agreement with the American Federation of Musicians of the US and Canada regarding touring shows to share the same requirements.
According to the report from Deadline, “Under the Broadway audience policy announced today, guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at the time of entry into the theater. “Fully vaccinated,” according to the League, means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose Covid-19 vaccine.”
Broadway Hit Shows The Lion King, Hamilton, and Aladdin have announced re-opening dates and ticket sale information for September 14, 2021. Other shows looking to raise curtains in September include The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, American Utopia, Come From Away, and Wicked.
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