Broadway theaters extend mask requirement through May 31

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theatergoers must hold up their masks at least through May 31, the Broadway League said Friday.

The announcement comes as the United States deals with a renewed surge in COVID-19, with cases rising across the country and most states after a two-month decline.

“Our intention is that we continue this safe-for-all track record by maintaining strict audience masking at least through the month of May. And of course we urge everyone to get vaccinated,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.


Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk down Broadway in the SoHo neighborhood of New York on Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, file)

One policy change is that Broadway theaters will soon be left up to theater owners to check for vaccinations. The Shubert Organization, which owns 17 movie theaters, said it will not require proof of vaccination from visitors starting May 1.

The Broadway League will announce future masking protocols in May. Broadway’s mask and vaccination policy is effective July 30, 2021. All Broadway employees are required to be fully vaccinated.

Several Broadway shows have had to cancel performances in recent weeks, including Plaza Suite, as both Matthew Broderick and his wife and co-star Sarah Jessica Parker contracted the virus. The musical A Strange Loop has canceled its first preview performance and Daniel Craig has been banned from his revival of Macbeth. Broadway theaters extend mask requirement through May 31

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