Coronavirus Update NYC: Broadway announces safety protocols for reopening

Coronavirus update for NYC

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Broadway cast, crew required to be fully vaccinated against COVID
Broadway officials have announced the new safety protocols that will be put in place to safely reopen the Great White Way.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Broadway officials have announced the new safety protocols that will be put in place to safely reopen the Great White Way.

All cast and crew members are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Broadway League and the Actors' Equity Association, which represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers, announced the agreement Thursday.

The new safety protocols call for mandatory vaccinations and weekly testing for all theater workers.

Some exceptions will be made for employees who cannot get vaccinated for age or health reasons.

If you attend a show, you can expect that everyone form the actors to the ticket collectors will be vaccinated and tested.

On top of that, theaters must have improved HVAC standards to make sure air is circulating properly.

"This is an important milestone on the path to getting all our members safely back to work," said Mary McColl, executive director for Actors' Equity Association. "We are grateful to the League for their partnership on these protocols. We all feel this plan is robust, adaptable to changing conditions and in line with the science. Vaccines work, and those who are vaccinated will protect both themselves and those who can't be at this time."

"The secure return of our casts, crews and employees is our top priority. The Broadway League and Equity, faced with ever-changing COVID related variables, have agreed on health and safety protocols for actors and stage managers returning to Broadway. We will continue to partner with our union colleagues as we work together towards raising all of our curtains again," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League.

Before the pandemic, Broadway shows drew more than 14 million people annually and took in $1.8 billion in ticket sales.

Getting shows back up and running is key to restarting New York's economy.

Right now, theaters are scheduled to reopen in September.

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