Broadway mask rules: All the shows in New York that require masks, vaccinations, and Covid tests
Find out details on mask and vaccination requirements to attend Broadway shows.
While Broadway theatres have now reopened at full capacity, going to the theatre has changed as a result of Covid-19. 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.
What protocols will Broadway shows take if someone tests positive?
According to an August 26, 2021 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.
What other protocols are Broadway shows taking to prevent Covid-19 transmission?
Some shows, like Shucked, have paused all stage door activity as cases rise again, meaning that audience members may not meet the performers after the show. At all other shows, whether or not to stage door is up to each individual performer, and some may choose not to do so to limit contact with others.
What vaccine requirements are needed for Broadway shows?
Broadway shows no longer require proof of vaccination.
What mask requirements are needed for Broadway shows?
Most Broadway shows have a mask-optional policy for audiences of all ages, but some shows still schedule specific mask-required performances for those who feel most comfortable watching a show with other masked individuals.
Currently, no Broadway shows have masking or vaccination requirements in place for any performances. This article will be updated if any shows implement mask-mandatory performances.
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Article last updated August 28, 2023
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