The Citiblog

March 3, 2021, 5:36.32 pm ET


Photo: NY PopsUp

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the long-awaited return of live indoor performance across New York State will commence on April 2 with the reopening of a significant number of Flexible Venues (“Flex Venues”) as part of an ongoing systematic effort to help jumpstart New York’s struggling live entertainment sector. NY PopsUp, the new festival of pop-up events that has been established to help revitalize the spirit and emotional well-being of New York citizens.

These Flex Venues -- which are established performance spaces that are able to be adapted for social distancing guidelines – include such important culture hubs as The Apollo, Park Avenue Armory, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The SHED, Harlem Stage, La MaMa and the National Black Theatre.

In April, select Broadway theaters, beginning with the Music Box on 45th Street, will open their doors to audiences with a series of special NY PopsUp programs. These theaters will put in motion safety protocols that will eventually be employed for Broadway’s return.

Per New York State’s Department of Health, attendee capacity of any performance must be limited to the lesser of 33% of the maximum occupancy for the particular area or 50 people; exclusive of performers, crew, and other staff who are necessary for the event. Effective April 2, 2021, the number of attendees may exceed the social gathering limit of 50 people, up to a maximum of 150 attendees, within a 33% maximum occupancy limit for the particular area so long as all attendees receive an appropriate negative diagnostic test result prior to the event.

Given the impromptu nature and surprise element of the pop-up format, not all performances will be announced in advance. Please follow @NYPopsUp on Twitter and Instagram for the latest information.