Broadway Makes Plans to Reopen in September

As more cities are starting to ease lockdown restrictions, New York officials say it is time for Broadway to make a comeback with a planned reopening set for September, according to NPR. It has been closed for about a year due to the pandemic.

“Broadway needs to come back, and we will move heaven and earth to bring Broadway back,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We’ve got to lay the groundwork for a strong comeback for Broadway and off-Broadway. Our theater community needs it. … our city needs it, too. It’s part of our identity.”

He plans to set up Covid-19 vaccination sites solely for members of the theater community over the next month, according to ABC News. The goal is to ensure both Broadway and off-Broadway employees are vaccinated.

New York also plans to open pop-up testing sites near the theaters. Officials are working on devising a plan to handle crowds both before and after the shows.

Mary McColl, executive director of the Actors’ Equity Association, which represents Broadway actors, said bringing Broadway back will definitely help New York’s economy as well. The theater industry supports around 97,000 jobs in New York, according to the Broadway League, the organization representing Broadway theaters and producers.

However, Mayor de Blasio said in order for the reopening plan to work as safely as possible, New York State officials will need to give clear instructions about mask wearing for those working in the theater as well as how members of the audience will show proof they have received the Covid-19 vaccine.