A person walks past Broadway posters near Times Square as theaters remain closed due to restrictions imposed in New York City on January 15, 2021 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio plans September as the month when the city’s coveted Broadway theaters can reopen.
During a daily briefing on Thursday, de Blasio outlined a plan to vaccinate theater workers so the district and its shows can get back up and running in the fall.
“The show has to go on,” he said. “And the show will go on.”
In addition to mass vaccinations, de Blasio said the city is working on ways to increase Covid-19 testing near theaters and making plans to manage the crowds before and after a show.
Broadway has been closed for more than a year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that is crippling the local economy. In a traditional year, the New York theater industry Funds nearly 100,000 jobs and pumps nearly $ 15 billion into the local economy.
At the moment, Broadway is 41 The theaters will be closed at least until May 30thbut it is likely that the date will be postponed again to be more in line with de Blasio’s schedule.
There will likely also be some capacity restrictions on the theaters when they can reopen, unless the number of coronavirus cases has dropped significantly. For example, cinemas can currently only accommodate 25% to 50% of the potential audience.