The Broadway League will require customers under the age of 12 to provide full proof of vaccination – two doses of the Pfizer diet – to enter any of its 41 theaters from the end of the month, while its policy of masks was extended until April.
The organization announced the update on Monday. The full vaccination proof rule for the youngest eligible children, those aged 5 to 11, goes into effect on January 29. For these purposes, the full vaccination means that the second dose has been administered at least 14 days before the Broadway show that the child plans to attend.
Children aged 12 and over had to show the same evidence in the past month or so, as have adults, amid a wave of omicron-fueled infections that forced a number of productions to stop. performances. Some have even canceled shows after audiences were seated due to last-minute breakthrough testing at their businesses.
Face masks have been the rule, regardless of vaccination status since Broadway unveiled its revamped mask and vaccination policy over the summer. They must be worn at all times, except while eating or drinking.
This policy has been extended until at least April 30.
“We are proud to continue to set the gold standard for covid health protocols in all of our theaters from Broadway to New York. We are also proud to ensure that our ticket buyers’ purchases are secure through our flexible refund and purchase-with-confidence policies, ”said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin in a statement.
“Our world-class theaters and shows are open for business, ready to welcome and delight our audiences, as we have done every day for the past five months,” she added. “Come join us!”
Children not yet eligible for vaccination can attend shows with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. A negative PCR test can be performed within 72 hours of an emission, while an antigen test is allowed within six hours of the start time.
Exceptions can also be made for ticket holders with a medical condition or “an intimate religious belief that prevents vaccination”.
More up to date information on Broadway’s COVID policies can be found here.