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Broadway mask policy becomes option in July

The Broadway Federation, which represents Broadway producers, said the policy would be “reviewed monthly as we continue to monitor the science”.

NEW YORK – Another sign that the entertainment world is returning to pre-pandemic normal, Broadway theaters will no longer require audiences to wear masks as of July.

The Broadway League announced Tuesday that mask wearing will be optional next month onward, a further easing of restrictions. In May, most Broadway theaters abolished the requirement that spectators provide proof of vaccinations to enter venues.

The latest policy will be “reviewed monthly as we continue to monitor the science,” according to a statement by the Federation, which represents Broadway producers. It also says that “audiences are still encouraged to wear masks in cinemas.” Producers have long complained that ticket sales may be depressed due to the mask ban.

The Actors’ Equity Association, which represents 51,000 stage actors and stage managers, did not respond to the change.

Tuesday’s announcement came just hours before a Broadway performance of “Come From Away” had to be canceled due to “breakthrough COVID-19 cases detected within the company.”

In April, “Plaza Suite” had to cancel a week of performances after Matthew Broderick tested positive for COVID-19 and a few days later his wife and co-star, Sarah Jessica Parker, also tested positive. count.

Last week, the Tony Awards honored the heroic efforts of underagers who work as amateurs to keep the shows running throughout the pandemic. Host Ariana DeBose noted that she and many other Tony Award nominees were once ignorant and unannounced. After the “Six” cast performed, DeBose noted that one person was filled in at the last minute.

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Russell Falcon

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