Broadway vaccination and mask mandates have been extended again as the Great White Way prepares to welcome international visitors and vaccines for children are beginning to roll out.
"Since reopening, Broadway has welcomed back over 1,000,000 attendees to theatres in New York City," said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a news release. "It's thrilling to see the energy on our stages and in our audiences once again. We are excited to welcome families, children, and more international visitors as our borders reopen and tourism to New York recovers."
Vaccinations will now be required for audience members, performers, backstage crew and theater staff at least for all performances through Feb. 28, 2022.
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Masks will continue to be required inside theaters except while actively eating or drinking.
Under the updated policy, audience members ages 12 and older will continue to need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine and present a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Guests 12 to 18 may present a government-issued ID or school ID with no photo required.
On the date of the performance, audience members must be at least 14 days past their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or at least 14 days past a single-dose vaccine.
International audience members must be fully vaccinated with two doses of any "mix and match" combination of an FDA or WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine.
Guests under 12, when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult, must show one of the following:
Proof of one dose (through Feb. 28 only) of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine at least 14 days before the performance date OR
A negative COVID-19 PCR test performed by a medical provider within 72 hours of the performance start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test OR
A negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test.
"We know that our commitment to the highest level of public health standards in our Broadway theatres provides a safer environment and importantly, helps our audiences feel more secure. We’re now delighted to welcome back audiences from around the world, and even more children and families to experience the magic of a live Broadway show as the holiday season approaches," said Robert E. Wankel, chair and CEO of The Shubert Organization, on behalf of theater owners.
Visit broadwayleague.com/covid-19-updates for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 policies.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: COVID vaccine, mask mandate extended by Broadway through Feb. 2022