New York: Broadway Can Reopen on May 19, but May Take Longer

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says Broadway Can Reopen on May 19


Closed broadway theaters during the coronavirus pandemic on April 08, 2020 in New York City - Getty - H 2020
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Though Broadway can effectively reopen on that date “from a capacity point of view,” Cuomo said, the governor noted that it will take time to remount productions and sell tickets.

“They may make their own economic decision as to when they reopen,” Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing. “We’re talking about Broadway.”

Broadway leaders—including the Broadway League—have said a September reopening is more likely. This came after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects New York City to reopen in July.

During Monday’s briefing, Cuomo added that should Broadway actually welcome guests in the near future, social distancing measures would have to remain in effect in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention unless patrons provide proof of vaccination or recent negative test results.

The reopening initiative, which comes as COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise across the tri-state region, will also affect theaters, gyms, museums, restaurants, bars, amusement parks and shops.

The Broadway League declined to comment on Cuomo’s Monday remarks.