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Use this checklist before heading to the theatre so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

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Vaccination and Mask Policy for Broadway Shows in NYC - Valid Through July 31, 2022

Broadway has been back in business since August 2021 with COVID-19 safety protocols keeping thousands of patrons safe eight shows a week. With protocols beginning to change, here's an easy cheat sheet to put your mind at ease.

Beginning July 1, masks are optional, but encouraged, for audiences attending a Broadway show. 

While Broadway theatres no longer require proof of vaccination, the owners and operators of most Broadway theatres in New York City will continue to encourage, but not require, masks for audience members and theatre staff for all performances through July 31, 2022.

Updated masking and vaccination protocols for August and beyond will be announced in late July. Masking rules for performers and backstage crew are also to be announced.

Do I have to figure out a different set of COVID safety procedures for each Broadway theatre?

Short answer: Maybe. When in doubt, look to the show's official website, the point of purchase for your tickets, or The Broadway League.

The Broadway League, which represents all 41 Broadway theatres, had taken the reins on this matter until Spring 2022. Beginning in May, The Broadway League directed theatre owners and operators to establish their own policies on vaccination status for audience members.

Currently, no Broadway shows require vaccination for entry, with the Shubert Organization, the Nederlander Organization, and Disney Theatrical all having dropped vaccine requirements in May and Roundabout Theatre Company allowing its tenants to set their own audience policies for vaccination. It remains to be seen what policies will be set in place by Broadway's non-profit theatres when their seasons kick off later in the year.

Should you encounter a (non-Broadway) venue that does require proof of vaccination, here's how to know you're following those rules correctly:

What counts as "proof" of vaccination?

Here are your three best options:
1. A physical vaccination card
2. A photo of a physical vaccination card
3. A digital vaccine app (e.g. Excelsior, Docket, NYC Covid Safe, Clear)

What if you can't get vaccinated?

Generally, when theatres do require vaccination, there are three scenarios in which you can still enter unvaccinated:
1. If you have a medical condition that precludes it
2. If you have a "sincerely held" religious belief that precludes it
3. If you are under five and accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult

In all these scenarios, instead of providing proof of vaccination, you can either…
1. Show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.
2. Show proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance.

More Information

For more information regarding safety and safety protocols, please consult your show’s official website or the website of the theatre you are planning to visit whose links can be found below. Please verify the theatre policies and requirements before making your purchase.

For A Beautiful Noise, A Strange Loop, American Buffalo, Chicago, Come From Away, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Kimberly Akimbo, KPOP, Macbeth, The Music Man, Paradise Square, The Phantom of the Opera, POTUS, Some Like it Hot, and To Kill a Mockingbird, please visit The Shubert Organization for more information.

For The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Into the Woods, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and The Piano Lesson please visit Jujamcyn Theaters for more information.

For Beetlejuice, Hamilton, The Lion King, MJ The Musical, Mr. Saturday Night, Six, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical, and Wicked please visit Broadway Direct for more information.

For The Minutes and 1776, please visit Roundabout Theatre Company for more information.

For Aladdin, please visit Disney on Broadway for more information.

For The Kite Runner please visit Second Stage Theater for more information.

For Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, please visit Harry Potter the Play for more information.

For The Cost of Living, please visit Manhattan Theatre Club for more information on their upcoming productions.

For Plaza Suite and Death of a Salesman please visit The Hudson Theatre for more information.

For Camelot, visit Lincoln Center Theater for more information.

These policies are adapted from the Broadway League, whose Vaccination and Mask Policy can be found here.

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