The lights will go out on New York’s Broadway stage effective Thursday amid growing concerns surrounding the COVID-19.
The new rules will take effect as of 5 pm EDT on Friday, March 12.
“We are taking new actions to reduce the density of people across the state,” Ander Cuomo, Governor of New York, stated in a series of tweets on Thursday.
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“Starting Friday at 5 pm, gatherings with 500 people or more will not be permitted in NYS. Additionally, for facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer, we are reducing the legal capacity by 50%.
“For Broadway theatres in Manhattan, these rules will go into effect at 5 pm TODAY. We have already spoken to the theatres about these new measures and they agreed.”
For Broadway theaters in Manhattan, these rules will go into effect at 5pm TODAY.
We have already spoken to the theaters about these new measures and they agreed.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 12, 2020
In a statement issued on the Broadway.com website, it was announced that all Broadway performances had been cancelled until April 12 to ensure the health and safety of guests and performers amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of Broadway theatregoers and the thousands of people who work in the theatre industry every day, including actors, musicians, stagehands, ushers and many other dedicated professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement.
“Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart, and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night.”
Customers who purchased tickets through Broadway.com for Broadway shows that have been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns will be contacted with information regarding refunds and exchanges.