While everyone’s been wondering when Broadway was gonna come back, the answer is sooner than we thought. While insiders originally predicted back in May that things could take years to fully reopen, all 41 theatres are expected to open their doors by sometime in 22, with many opening them in the closing months of 2021. Even though it’s not the grand re-opening that theatre fans might’ve hoped for, it’s still a step in the right direction.
Fans might be wondering how theatres are opening at all with a number of Covid variants circulating the nation. Each theatre has come out with a number of stipulations that’ll be strictly enforced in an effort to keep both employees and audience members safe in what are characteristically cramped conditions. It’s no secret that people want Broadway theatres to open up again. What is unclear is how theatres will go about keeping everyone safe. Since the new rules have been announced, let’s get into what they entail.
Rules & Regulations
One way theatres are helping keep audience members safe is by enforcing mandatory masks and vaccinations for every patron over the age of twelve. However, those with strict religious views that have kept them from getting the vaccine will be allowed entry, provided they can provide negative Covid test results from 72 hours before the production. Rapid tests conducted six hours before the show starts are also accepted.
So far, it’s unclear what religious views will be declared exempt from the vaccination requirement, and which will be honored when declared. As is, producers have stated that these rules and regulations will be reviewed for effectiveness come September, once theatres begin opening en masse.
Employees of every theatre will undergo weekly testing as of July 2021, meaning audience members can feel safe knowing the strict measures being undertaken by Broadway executives. Masks will also be worn in the theatre by everybody at all times, except for in designated areas for eating and drinking.
All tools that come in contact with performers will be washed and cleaned. If at any point a performer contracts Covid-19, they are eligible for up to eight days of sick pay, and they will obviously not be performing while sick.
Unfortunately for autograph hounds and devoted fans, all meet-and-greets, stage door ambushes, and the like have been strictly prohibited, meaning meeting your favorite performer is a no-go for the foreseeable future.
This current plan will be carried out until March 2022, at which point the situation will be analyzed to see if stricter measures are necessary. Until then, patrons can at least go out and enjoy theatre in select venues. We expect venues to continue opening up at an accelerating rate until January of 2022.
About David Milberg
David Milberg is an experienced financial analyst and entrepreneur from New York City. Milberg is a proud father of three kids. Milberg graduated from Princeton University with a BA in History and graduated from Columbia University with an MBA. David currently serves as a Senior Vice President at Milberg Factors, Inc.
Over his tenure at Milberg Factors, David has also been involved in numerous not-for-profit activities. In light of David’s charitable work, he was honored in the year 2000 by the accountants and bankers division of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York and by the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Foundation. David Milberg has also been active in the Lincoln Center Business Council.
David Milberg has invested in such major broadway productions as Mel Brook’s The Producers, The Weir, and the hit revival of Pippin directed by Diane Paulus and starring Tony Award Winner Patina Miller at the Leading Player. David sits on the Board of Trustees for The Prospect Theater Company and is a fervent supporter of the Lincoln Center Theater. David Milberg presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Princeton Triangle Club, where he was Vice-Chairman.
David Milberg has a rich, varied background is musical theater and live stage performance.