Broadway will require audiences wear masks, show vaccination proof

By , WCBS 880 Newsroom

NEW YORK (WBS 880) — The Broadway League announced Friday that audience members attending productions at all 41 theaters in New York City will need to provide proof of vaccination through October.

This mandate will also be applied to performers, crew members and theater staff.

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Masks will also be required for audience members inside the theater unless they are eating or drinking in designated areas.   

“As vaccination has proved the most effective way to stay healthy and reduce transmission, I’m pleased that the theater owners have decided to implement these collective safeguards at all our Broadway houses," said Broadway League President, Charlotte St. Martin. "A uniform policy across all New York City Broadway theaters makes it simple for our audiences and should give even more confidence to our guests about how seriously Broadway is taking audience safety.”

Guests will need to provide proof of their full vaccination, along with their valid theater ticket, at the time of entry. Full vaccination will require audience members to wait 14 days after their final dose of a single or two-dose vaccine to attend a show.

Exceptions include children under the age of 12 as well as people with religious beliefs or certain medical conditions that prevent immunizations.

The move by the League comes a day after it announced it reached an agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association that includes weekly testing of employees and improved HVAC standards.

“With these procedures in place and recognizing the high vaccination rates among NYC audiences, Broadway continues to make safety our priority," said Nick Scandalios, of The Nederlander Organization. "As we get ready for Broadway’s big comeback, the entire theater 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.”

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