Broadway Will Require Proof of Vaccination, Masks to Attend Performances

The Broadway League has announced Friday that in order to enjoy a Broadway production, all attending audience members will need to be fully vaccinated, show proof of vaccination and wear masks during the shows.

The announcement read: "Under the policy, guests will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theatre with their valid ticket."

The updated requirements are to be in place until at least the end of October, and theater owners and operators will be reviewing the policies in September to reassess whether they should continue.

As the Delta variant continues to spread, it now accounts for 72 percent of citywide samples tested in the last four weeks, according to the most recent weekly data from the city's health department.

The announcement specified that being fully vaccinated means "the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine."

Masks are required to be worn everywhere except in designated spots allowed for eating and drinking.

The owners & operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City have announced a vaccination and mask policy for audiences in effect through October 31, 2021.

— The Broadway League (@BroadwayLeague) July 30, 2021

"I am thrilled the Broadway League has taken action to lead us back to a safer and more inclusive Broadway," Brian Moreland, the lead producer for Thoughts of a Colored Man, the new play that will begin previews on October 1 and open October 31 at the Golden Theatre, told Newsweek.

"In the beginning of the pandemic, the Broadway League was committed to following the science and guidance by our state and local government. As we begin to really welcome people back we have again followed the science.

"I am pleased and agree with the new mandate that will keep Broadway audiences as safe and healthy as possible. I hope every single person can come back to Broadway and feel comfortable knowing we have taken every step possible for their maximum protection."

Moreland added: "This is a 'a New Broadway' for all!"

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said she was pleased with the decision and assured that vaccines have proven the most effective way to combat COVID-19. "A uniform policy across all New York City Broadway theatres makes it simple for our audiences and should give even more confidence to our guests about how seriously Broadway is taking audience safety," she said.

Exceptions are being made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination.

Updated 07/30/2021, 12:12 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional information and comments.

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The Broadway League announced on Friday it will be requiring all attending audience members to have proof of vaccination and wear masks during the productions. Above, people gather to watch dancers during the TSQ Project 2.0 in Times Square on June 12, 2021, in New York City. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images