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Broadway theatres to extend mask requirement, make vaccination checks optional

Broadway audiences will be required to wear masks through at least May 31.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The Broadway League, the organization that oversees all 41 Broadway theatres, has announced updated masking and vaccination protocols for audiences. Previously, mask-wearing and proof of vaccination were required through at least April 30. Now, masks will still be required at all Broadway theatres through at least May 31, but beginning May 1, it will be up to each individual theatre to decide whether to check proof of vaccination.

"Since resuming performances last fall, over five million attendees have seen a Broadway show, and the safety and security of our cast, crew, and audience has been our top priority. Our intention is that by maintaining strict audience masking through at least the month of May, we will continue that track record of safety for all. And of course, we urge everyone to get vaccinated," Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.

According to a report from Broadway News, the Shubert Organization, which operates 17 Broadway theatres, has stated it will not require proof of vaccination at its venues beginning May 1. The vaccination protocols of other Broadway houses from May 1 have yet to be announced.

Mask-wearing requirements from June 1 onward will be announced in May.

Learn more about the vaccination and mask-wearing protocols at Broadway theatres, as well as Broadway Covid-19 safety protocols for kids.

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