Broadway to Require Confirmed Vaccine

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

Starting in September of this year, Broadway will finally open again for the first time since the initial COVID-19 lockdowns. However, the restrictions put in place are ridiculous.

First, all actors, crew members, and audience members must be fully vaccinated, with proof from the CDC or FDA required to get in. For those unable to get the vaccine, such as those under the age of 12 or those with health issues that prevent them from getting this injection, a confirmed negative COVID-19 test is required. According to Harvard Medical School, false positives can happen in COVID testing, especially if the lab is not sanitized meticulously between tests or contaminated in any way. This means that for those who need a negative test, there is a possibility they will lose their ticket and most likely not receive a refund.

In addition to the vaccination rules, all crew and audience members will be required to wear a mask unless eating or drinking. If the vaccine works, why the mask? If a mask works, why is a vaccine necessary? These restrictions make very little logical sense and are quite ridiculous.

All of the theaters will be open at full capacity, meaning no social distancing.

Charlotte St-Martin, a leader in Broadway staff said “We have said from Day 1 that we want our casts, our crews and our audiences to be safe, and we believe that this is a precaution to ensure that.” She believes that this is all necessary, and a reasonable precaution against COVID-19. And while I don’t want to infect other people, I think that these restrictions are farcical, and I will not be attending any Broadway shows anytime soon.

These restrictions are not even limited to Broadway, either. The same guidelines are in place for Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera as well. Because of this, tourism numbers to New York will likely drop in the months to come. They lost billions in tourism dollars over the pandemic, to the point that they received government aid to stay afloat. Over $16.2 billion was allocated to the live entertainment industry in the U.S.A. until live performances could safely happen again.

These confirmed restrictions will stay in place at least until October of this year, but likely longer.

Sources:CNN, CNBC, New York Times