Broadway extends 'optional' mask policy as COVID-19 cases rise

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Broadway extends 'optional' mask policy as COVID variant cases rise
Broadway has extended its 'optional' mask policy through the month of August, even though the CDC says the BA.5 strain is driving a new wave of infections.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Broadway has extended its 'optional' mask policy through the month of August, even as the subvariant BA.5 drives a wave in COVID cases throughout the country.

The Broadway League announced Tuesday a continuation of the policy at all 41 theaters but is monitoring case counts closely.

Audience members are still encouraged to wear masks in theaters.

The Broadway League is expected to determine the future of its mask policy on a month-to-month basis.

The announcement comes despite the BA.5 subvariant being responsible for 69% of new COVID cases a week ago.

The CDC says the wave in breakthrough cases and re-infections have prompted a resurgence of COVID health warnings.

The highly contagious COVID subvariant, omicron BA.5, now accounts for nearly 80% of new coronavirus infections in the United States.

ALSO READ | Tips to beat the heat, where to find cooling centers as temperatures rise across New York City area

New York City's cooling centers will be open starting Tuesday, July 19th.


* Get Eyewitness News Delivered

* More New York City news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube