Broadway has been closed since March 2020, one of the longest-lasting interruptions from normalcy we’ve experienced in NYC.
Most shows are poised to open this September, however, leaving about a month left until we can see our beloved musicals & dramas once again! When the September opening date was originally announced, safety requirements weren’t revealed, but now the Broadway League (the national trade association for the Broadway industry) has announced a strict mandate for audiences: proof of vaccination to attend.
“The owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through October 2021,” the statement on their website reads.
And make sure you plan it out in advance, as “fully vaccinated” means 14 days after your last dose.
Face masks will also be required for all audience members (except when eating or drinking in designated locations).
Children under 12 or those with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination can forgo the requirement, but instead must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.
Of course, this policy likely won’t be permanent. They say that theatre owners will review policies in September for performances in November 2021 and beyond, and “may include a relaxation of certain provisions if the science dictates.”
For more details, you can visit the official website of the show you are seeing, or contact your point-of-purchase.