A guide to booster shot policies at New York theatres

Find out which Broadway theatres are requiring patrons to have booster shots.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Amid recent performance cancellations at multiple Broadway shows, there has been increased discussion of how to best protect audiences, performers, and theatre staff from Covid-19 at Broadway shows. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended that all adults get a Covid-19 booster shot in addition to the standard vaccine in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including the Omicron variant. As such, some theatres are looking into adding booster shots into their vaccination requirements.

Though Broadway shows have lifted their vaccine requirement, some Off-Broadway shows still require audiences to be fully vaccinated — either through a one-dose vaccine, or both doses of a two-dose vaccine. We've outlined what has been announced about booster shot policies at New York theatres, and this article will be continually updated with new information.

This article was last updated August 3, 2022.

What does "fully vaccinated" mean for a Broadway show?

"Fully vaccinated" meant having received a one-dose vaccine, or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, 14 days prior to the performance, and "fully vaccinated" does not include boosters. However, Broadway shows no longer require proof of vaccination to enter.

Are Broadway shows requiring booster shots?

Broadway theatres are not currently requiring audiences or staff to present proof of vaccination, with or without a booster shot, to attend performances. Learn more about Broadway Covid safety requirements.

What New York theatres are requiring booster shots?

Most New York theatres have removed their booster shot requirements to attend performances. This article will be continually updated if theatres announce or change their requirements in response to changes to the state of the pandemic in New York City.

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