Broadway theaters will continue to require ticket sellers to wear masks at least through June 30, industry leaders said Friday.
The Broadway League, a trade association representing theater owners and producers, said owners and operators of all 41 theaters had agreed to the mask policy extension. The decision comes at a time when New York City has declared a “high Covid alert”.
Earlier this week, strong city officials encourage medical masks in indoor public places, but Mayor Eric Adams The request to reset the mask has been refused. But some performing arts venues have chosen to adhere to more restrictive policies in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.
“The safety and security of the cast, crew and audience is our top priority,” said Federation president Charlotte St. Martin, said in a statement. “By maintaining our subject-masking requirement for at least June, we intend to continue tracking safety performance for everyone, regardless of the Omicron subvariables.”
Most Broadway theaters this month stop checking if patrons have been vaccinated; Only a handful of Broadway theaters run by nonprofits are continuing to enforce vaccine requests for patrons.
But mask requirements have been in place in Broadway theaters since they reopened last summer, and the industry has been renewing that requirement on a monthly basis. There have been occasional policy confrontations – earlier this month, actress Patti LuPone, who is starring in the musical revival of “Company”, rebuke an attendee at a chat after the show about the patron’s refusal to cover her mouth and nose with a mask. But for the most part, compliance has been high.
There are 35 shows on Broadway, and last week 246,003 people attended one performance. And if this year plays out according to pre-pandemic patterns, attendance will increase over the next few weeks with an increase in tourism after Memorial Day.