Viewers are given phantom masks to wear during the re-opening night performance of “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway at The Majestic Theater on October 22, 2021 in New York City.
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Broadway theaters will drop their audience mask mandates starting July 1, Broadway League announced Tuesday.
While all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will adopt a “mask optional” policy, audience members are still encouraged to wear face coverings in theaters.
The organization said the policy would be reevaluated monthly and a protocol for August would be announced in mid-July.
“Millions Enjoyed the Unique Magic of Broadway by Seeing 75.th Recent Tony Awards ceremony. “Millions of people have experienced Broadway Live in theaters in New York City and across the United States,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a press release. Our ardent fans return to Broadway in the exciting ’22-’23 season that has just begun.”
The heavily trafficked Manhattan district went dark in March 2020 as part of public space restrictions related to COVID-19. The first show of return took the stage almost 18 months later, with vaccines and masks mandatory for most audience members.
Broadway Dropped Vaccination Checks for Audience Members Restrictions were similarly eased on 30 April as other facilities. Broadly Hosted Clusters of Theaters 240,000 attendees Week ending June 12th.