The Citiblog

July 30, 2021, 10:51.32 am ET



As concern rises over the Covid-19 Delta Variant, The Broadway League and Actors Equity have announced that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as all performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through October 31, 2021. Masks will also be required for audiences inside the theater, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. As of now, approximately 25 shows have committed to opening or beginning previews before that date.

Under the new policy, 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 their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket. “Fully vaccinated” 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.

Exceptions are being made for children under 12 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 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.

In addition, all Broadway theaters have committed to improving their HVAC systems, which regulate the heating, air conditioning and ventilation of air.

For performances in November 2021 and beyond, Broadway theater owners anticipate a review of policies in September.

Moreover, many of NYC’s other cultural institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, are also reportedly planning to only allow vaccinated patrons to attend performances.