Broadway audiences will be required to be fully vaccinated and wearing masks when performances restart in just a few days, the Broadway League announced Friday, following the lead of other major New York City venues which are also mandating the shot.
The league—which represents the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in NYC—announced it will be mandating vaccines for audience members, in addition to all performers, backstage crew and theater staff, in a statement posted to its website.
Theatre-goers will be required to show proof of vaccination, and must have their final shot at least 14 days before the performance date.
“Masks will also be required for the audience inside the theatre, except while eating or drinking in designated locations,” the Broadway League said.
The only exceptions to the vaccine mandate will be for those under 12, who are not yet eligible for the jab, and people with a medical condition or “closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination.”
These guests must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative antigen test taken within six hours of the show.
All of these requirements will last through October 2021.
Broadway is not alone in mandating vaccines. Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera are also temporarily shutting their doors to the unvaccinated. Furthermore, both these venues are planning to bar children under 12 until they are able to get the vaccine (which isn’t expected to happen until the winter).
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The first theatre performance on Broadway is set to open in just a few days on August 4, bringing to an end a more than 16-month pause for NYC’s iconic entertainment hub.
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