In preparations for the reopening of the theaters in Broadway, the rooms announce new measures to protect the public from the coronavirus pandemic. For that, they will require attendees to be vaccinated against Covid and to wear chinstraps during the functions.
This was announced by the producers of the most important theater circuit in the world, with millions of spectators per year who come from different parts of the planet to enjoy the shows.
Members of the audience must wear face masks and present proof that they are fully vaccinated, that is, certificates for vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the WHO, when they enter theaters, the Broadway League said in a press release.
There are already the posters. Spectators are missing, arriving between September and October. Photo EFE
These new measures, however, will have some exceptions, and it is in regard to children under 12 years of age, for whom there are still no approved vaccines. Also exempted from those new rules will be people with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent their vaccination, theater operators said. But in those cases, those attendees will have to show negative Covid-19 testing evidence.
On the other hand, the use of protective masks or chinstraps, by the public, will be mandatory in theatrical spaces, except in those places specifically designated, such as those destined to eat or drink before or after the performances.
The Genie from “Aladdin” may be magical, but he could not prevent theaters from closing since March 2020. AFP Photo
“Since vaccination has proven to be the most effective way to stay healthy and reduce transmission, I am pleased that theater owners have decided to implement these collective safety measures in all of our Broadway homes,” said the president of the Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin.
Actors and technicians, all vaccinated
The move comes, on the other hand, a day after the Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents almost 52,000 actors and theater directors, also announced that it will require that members of the cast and technical team of the rooms are fully vaccinated against Covid.
Unvaccinated company members, including those under the age of 12, should continue to wear chinstraps, practice social distancing when possible, and be tested at least twice a week for the disease. These protocols apply to both Broadway productions and shows endorsed by the same union throughout the rest of the United States.
Bruce Springsteen’s one-man show is the only one currently running on Broadway. Reuters photo
This new protocol is ahead of the imminent opening, in the coming weeks, of many in New York City. The one-man show of Bruce Springsteen it is the only one currently on Broadway.
While, Pass Overby Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu opens Wednesday at the August Wilson Theater. Most of the other theaters will open in September or October after having been closed by the pandemic since March 2020.
For now, these measures will apply to shows that hit the billboards through October 31, representatives of the Broadway League said. For performances from November onwards, theater operators will review the policy and decide whether or not to make changes, based on sanitary conditions later on.