All Broadway Theatres to Require Proof of Full Vaccination AND Masks
Friday, July 30, 2021  •  
Fri Jul 30, 2021  •  
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On Friday, July 30, The Broadway League announced new safety protocols for all 41 Broadway houses: every one will require that audience members—as well as performers, backstage crew and theatre staff—be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine. Masks will also be required for audiences inside theatres, except while eating or drinking in designated areas. These rules will remain in effect until at least October 2021, and will be reevaluated based on COVID-19 numbers.

There is, of course, some fine print. Exceptions will be made for children under 12 since they are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, as well as for people with medical conditions or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination. Everyone who falls into those categories must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of showtime, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of when the curtain rises.

These updated rules were undoubtedly inspired by the recent CDC recommendation that even vaccinated people should mask up indoors in places with substantial virus transmission. All of New York City currently falls into that category.

On Tuesday, August 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City would require proof of vaccination for people participating in many indoor activities, including seeing performances. So proof of full vaccination is required at New York City theatres beyond Broadway, too, though masking rules vary by venue. 

Here's hoping these new safety protocols help audiences and artists stop the spread!

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Carol Gladstone said:
Yay! As an avid theatre-goer, I find your policy most comforting.
Posted on 7/30/2021 at 4:05 PM
Stan Wolfson said:
Will seating be separated?
Posted on 9/11/2021 at 11:54 AM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Stan, Broadway theaters are not social distancing, no. All tickets are for sale. Of course it's always possible a show may not be sold out.
Posted on 9/11/2021 at 5:07 PM
Elena said:
What is your policy for people with medical and religious exempt?
Posted on 9/12/2021 at 3:59 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
For folks who can't be vaccinated, most shows (on Broadway, at least) are asking for a negative COVID-19 test taken within a certain amount of time before showtime. If you're asking for yourself and you are interested in a specific show, leave a comment and I'll track down the info for the production in question.
Posted on 9/13/2021 at 9:01 AM
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