All Broadway Theatres Require Proof of Full Vaccination and Masks
Monday, January 10, 2022  •  
Mon Jan 10, 2022  •  
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The Broadway League has announced new COVID-19 safety protocols for all 41 Broadway houses: every one requires that audience members show proof of full vaccination with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine and a photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. (Audiences ages 12 to 17 can use a school ID or birth certificate without a photo.) Masks are also required for all audiences inside Broadway theatres, except while actively eating or drinking. These rules will remain in effect until Saturday, April 30, 2022 and then be reevaluated based on COVID-19 numbers.

There is, of course, some fine print. Originally, children ages 5 to 11 were required to show proof of just one dose of vaccine, but as of January 29, 2022, they must show proof of full vaccination.

Children under 5, who are too young to be vaccinated, as well as people with medical conditions or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination 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. 

Since these new vaccination requirements were instituted by the Mayor of New York City, they also apply to performance venues beyond Broadway. Some, such as the Irish Repertory Theatre, have even stricter rules and require all audiences to be fully vaccinated, no exceptions. The Metropolitan Opera, Playwrights Horizons, New York City Center, the Minetta Lane Theatre and The Public Theater require proof of a booster shot (for those who are eligible), and HERE Arts Center also asks for a negative COVID-19 test. While all theatres beyond Broadway require masks, some concert venues, such as Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden, are mask optional for fully vaccinated audiences. Before buying tickets to any event, it's imperative to read the specific rules of the venue or production to avoid confusion or disappointment. 

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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
I am like Stan are the seats going to be separate ? I understand that social distance is no longer required but the seats are very close together. I would feel more comfortable with at least one separate seat. Are people allowed to eat and drink at their seats ? So we have masks off people eating, drinking, and talking all around you.
Posted on 9/29/2021 at 6:18 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Anita, As of now, Broadway theatres are not social distancing. If the seats near you are empty, it's only because they didn't sell. So far, in my experience, audience members have been good about masking. However, you are correct that people are allowed to eat and drink at their seats, which means masks come off at times. Double masking has been my solution.
Posted on 9/30/2021 at 7:39 AM
Carol Mennie said:
Why are you allowing food & drink in audience? That stops me buying tickets..and I am an avid theatre goer as well as an AEA Actor. Please re-consider this policy. Also consider making all unvaccinated people sit together in separate section; perhaps that will encourage them to get vaccinated; the rest of us will feel a bit safer. This is no time for compromising.
Posted on 10/5/2021 at 8:29 PM
Sandra goldberg said:
Prior to COVID theater management discouraged food especially when theater goers opened wrappers to snacks, as it's distracted actors and others in the theater. Usually the time to get a drink or snack foods is during intermission . That should be a given in all theaters! Especially now!!
Posted on 11/3/2021 at 3:19 PM
Judy Prigal said:
Adult theatergoers should be able to sit for one or two hours without having to drink or eat. We did it that way for decades. When you are really engrossed in a show, it is distracting even when someone only opens a bottle of water. I have notified a few theaters about this, but apparently making sales is more important.
Posted on 12/2/2021 at 1:48 PM
Chana bee said:
I called the music box theater on Friday, and they confirmed that for an adult who is not vaccinated, either for medical or religious reasons, a negative covid test taken within 72 hours, or a negative rapid taken within 6 hours, is sufficient. Is this what others are hearing as well?
Posted on 12/12/2021 at 7:42 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Chana, Yes, the policy you state in your comment is also in this article. That said, where did you buy your tickets for Dear Evan Hansen? It's always best to check with the point of purchase for their rules. You can't call box offices directly but you can call Telecharge, etc.
Posted on 12/12/2021 at 7:49 PM
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