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De Blasio shares reopening steps

De Blasio shares reopening steps

Broadway’s coronavirus shutdown has an end in sight.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced comeback plans Thursday to set up vaccination sites for Broadway performers and theater workers to ensure shows can return to the city this fall.

“It’s time to raise the curtain and bring Broadway back,” he said during a virtual news conference, promising to “move heaven and earth.”

Broadway theaters abruptly closed March 12, 2020, knocking out all shows – including 16 that were scheduled to open. Producers, citing health and city authorities, extended the shutdown through at least June 7.

Along with vaccination efforts, the city’s plan for reopening this fall includes pop-up coronavirus testing sites near theaters, crowd management before and after shows and a mobile vaccination unit for off-Broadway performers and workers.

“We’ll do everything in our power to bring Broadway and off-Broadway back strong,” de Blasio said, calling on New York state to issue clear guidance for mask usage and coronavirus testing for workers and audiences to ensure reopening can go on as planned. 

The announcement did not include information regarding what theater capacities might look like upon reopening. All New York state movie theaters were allowed to reopen this month, with capacity restricted to 25% and no more than 50 people per screen. Assigned seating, social distancing and masks (except when eating or drinking) are required. 

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