Broadway mask rules: All the shows in New York that require masks, vaccinations, and Covid tests

Find out details on Covid vaccinations and Covid-19 passes to attend Broadway shows.

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While Broadway theatres may be gearing up for reopening shows at full capacity in the coming weeks, going to the theatre won’t be back to normal just yet. In order for the safety of all parties in the theatre, protocols have been put in place to hopefully slow the spread of Covid-19 on Broadway and across New York.

Previously, proof of vaccination and mandatory mask-wearing at all Broadway theatres was required through April 30. Now, mask-wearing will be in place through at least June 30, though vaccination proof stopped being required at some Broadway theatres from May 1.

What vaccine requirements are needed for Broadway shows?

As of August 17, people attending live indoor performances in New York must show a photo ID and proof of Covid-19 vaccination, according to former Mayor Bill de Blasio. Enforcement and inspection began September 13. 

However, the Broadway League announced updated protocols on May 20, 2022. Mandatory mask-wearing will be in effect at all Broadway theatres through June 1, but beginning May 1, proof of vaccination has been optional. Each individual theatre decided whether to continue checking proof of vaccination for audiences at the door, and most theatres dropped the requirement.

On November 8, the Broadway League issued specific guidance for international visitors now that some travel restrictions have lifted. International visitors must show proof of two doses of any FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. A "mix and match" combination of vaccines — that is, one dose of one available Covid-19 vaccine and another dose of a different Covid-19 vaccine — is acceptable. Booster doses are currently not required on Broadway, but some Off-Broadway venues require them. Learn more about booster shot requirements at New York theatres.

New York City had also updated its protocols for children under 12 now that vaccines are available to children as young as 5. Previous mandates required children to present proof of vaccination and be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult. Now, like adult audiences, they do not need to show proof of vaccination. Read more about vaccine and mask requirements for kids at Broadway shows.

For the few Broadway theatres and Off-Broadway theatres that still check vaccinations, according to NYC.gov, acceptable forms of vaccination proof include the NYC Covid Safe App, Excelsior Pass, a physical CDC vaccination card or photo of one, or an NYC vaccination record. Those who received a vaccine outside the U.S. must present an official vaccination record that lists the person's full name, date of birth, type of vaccination received, and location and date the vaccine was administered. All vaccines must be approved by the FDA or the WHO.

What protocols will Broadway shows take if someone tests positive?

According to an August 26 report by Broadway News, if a person involved in a Broadway production tests positive for Covid-19, the person or people with the virus will isolate, and the venue will be thoroughly cleaned. Especially if multiple cases arise, contact tracing and sequencing will be employed to determine whether the virus was transmitted in the building and who will have been exposed. Audiences will be notified on a need-to-know basis about necessary precautions depending on where transmission likely occurred. If in-building transmission is deemed likely or understudies are unavailable to fill in for cast or crew members who are out with isolated Covid-19 cases, a show may temporarily go dark.

To help make it easier, we’ve listed all the current vaccine requirements and Covid protocols for Broadway shows and major off-Broadway shows in 2022, including which shows still require proof of vaccination after May 1.

A Strange Loop

A Strange Loop is at the Lyceum Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for A Strange Loop performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Aladdin

Aladdin is at the New Amsterdam Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Aladdin performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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American Buffalo

American Buffalo is at the Circle in the Square Theatre through July 10. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for American Buffalo performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice is at the Marriott Marquis Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Beetlejuice performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Birthday Candles

Birthday Candles is at the American Airlines Theatre from March 18 to May 29. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. The production has stated it will maintain its vaccine requirement through the end of the show's run.

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Chicago

Chicago is at the Ambassador Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Chicago performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Come From Away

Come From Away is at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Come From Away performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Company

Company is at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Company performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen is at the Music Box Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Dear Evan Hansen performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

for colored girls is at the Booth Theatre from April 1 - June 5. For all remaining performances, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Funny Girl

Funny Girl is at the August Wilson Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Funny Girl performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

Funny Girl tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Girl From the North Country

Girl From the North Country is at the Belasco Theatre from April 29 - June 19. For all remaining performances, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Hadestown

Hadestown is at the Walter Kerr Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Hadestown performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Hamilton

Hamilton is at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Hamilton performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Hangmen

Hangmen is at the Golden Theatre from April 8 - June 18. For all remaining performances, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Lyric Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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How I Learned to Drive

How I Learned to Drive is at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from March 29 - May 29. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. The production has stated it will maintain its vaccine requirement through the end of the show's run.

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Macbeth

Macbeth is at the Longacre Theatre from March 29 - July 10. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Macbeth performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

Macbeth tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

MJ The Musical

MJ The Musical is at the Neil Simon Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for MJ The Musical performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre. Proof of vaccination is no longer required, except for people sitting in the Can-Can seats, which are close to the performers. Details on Covid safety protocols for Moulin Rouge! The Musical performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Mr. Saturday Night

Mr. Saturday Night is at the Nederlander Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Mr. Saturday Night performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

Mr. Saturday Night tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire is at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre through May 29. For all remaining performances, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite is at the Hudson Theatre through July 10. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Plaza Suite performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

POTUS is at the Shubert Theatre from April 14 - August 14. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for POTUS performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Paradise Square

Paradise Square is at the Barrymore Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Paradise Square performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Six

Six is at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Six performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for The Book of Mormon performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner is at a theatre to be announced from July 6 - October 30. Details on Covid safety protocols for The Kite Runner performances are to be confirmed.

The Kite Runner tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

The Lion King

The Lion King is at the Minskoff Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for The Lion King performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Minutes

The Minutes is at Studio 54 from April 2 - July 10. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for The Minutes performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Music Man

The Music Man is at the Winter Garden Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for The Music Man performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is at the Majestic Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for The Phantom of the Opera performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Skin of Our Teeth

The Skin of Our Teeth is at the Vivian Beaumont Theater from March 31 - May 29. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Lincoln Center Theater is upholding its vaccine requirement at its Broadway theatre and its Off-Broadway theatres.

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Take Me Out

Take Me Out is at the Hayes Theater from March 14 - June 11. For all remaining performances, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird will return to the Belasco Theatre at a later date, as the show went on hiatus beginning January 17. Details on Covid safety protocols at To Kill a Mockingbird performances are to be confirmed.

To Kill a Mockingbird tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Wicked

Wicked is at the Gershwin Theatre. For performances through June 30, audiences must wear masks in the theatre, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for Wicked performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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What vaccine requirements are needed for Off-Broadway shows?

Gazillion Bubble Show

Gazillion Bubble Show is at New World Stages. For performances through April 30, all productions at New World Stages will require audience members to present proof of vaccination and wear masks in the theatre. Guests under age 12 or those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious reason must present proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance or a negative rapid Covid-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance.

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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is at New World Stages through May 22. For all remaining performances, masks will still be required, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is at the Westside Theatre. All audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre.

Stomp

Stomp is at the Orpheum Theatre. Patrons ages 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination. Patrons ages 5 to 11 must provide proof of a negative test result; a negative antigen Covid-19 test taken within six hours of the performance start time; a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong is at New World Stages. For performances through June 30, masks will still be required, but proof of vaccination will not be required. Details on mask-wearing protocols for The Play That Goes Wrong performances from July 1 are to be confirmed.

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Photo credit: Times Square (Photo by Jason Thibault on Flickr)

Article updated May 20, 2022