Broadway extends vaccination requirement, adds new guidelines for children and travelers

Proof of vaccination will be required at Broadway theatres through February 2022.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

UPDATE: Mayor Bill de Blasio has updated the vaccine requirements for children. From December 14, children ages 5-11 will be required to present proof of at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to enter the theatre. The dose must have been administered 14 days prior to the performance. Like those ages 12 and older, young children will only be able to present proof of a negative test in lieu of a vaccine if they have a medical or religious exemption.

The Broadway League has announced updated Covid-19 safety protocols for audiences at Broadway theatres. All audience members age 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccination to attend a Broadway show through at least February 28, 2022. Previously, proof of vaccination was required through at least December 31, 2021.

The League also provided new guidance for two specific groups of audience members: international travelers and children younger than 12. International travelers must show proof of two doses of an FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine. A "mix and match" vaccination is acceptable; that is, if they receive one dose of one Covid-19 vaccine and get a different Covid-19 vaccine as their second dose, they will be allowed entry. Proof of vaccination for non-U.S. residents includes any official vaccination record that lists the person's name, date of birth, type(s) of vaccination received, and location and date where they received each dose.

Acceptable forms of proof of full vaccination for U.S. residents remain the same: a physical CDC vaccination card or a photo of one, an Excelsior Pass, the NYC Covid Safe App, or an official NYC vaccination record.

Children younger than 12 previously had to show proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test to attend a Broadway show. Now that children as young as 5 can be vaccinated, Broadway shows will allow children under 12 to show proof of one dose of any Covid-19 vaccine to attend. They may also still show proof of a recent negative test instead — a PCR test from within 72 hours of the show or an antigen test from within 6 hours. In all cases, children under 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Read more about Broadway's Covid-19 vaccine requirements and safety protocols here.

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