Broadway Extends Shutdown Through May 2021

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A man walks past the Booth Theatre after Broadway announced the closure of its theatres for a month as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 on March 12, 2020 in New York City.

The move means performances won't resume until more than a year after they were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Broadway shutdown has been extended to May 30, 2021, the Broadway League announced today (Oct. 9).

The news extends the performance halt, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by five months after productions had been paused through the end of 2020.

The initial shutdown occurred on March 12, 2020, when 31 productions were running, including eight in previews and eight in rehearsals ahead of a spring opening.

The extension means that Broadway will be closed for more than a year by the time it reopens in 2021.

“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so. We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.

New York was initially hit hard by the pandemic, with as many as 11,000 new cases a day in April, before a robust response led to a drop below 1,000 new cases a day for three months from June-September. In recent weeks, however, a number of zip codes in New York City and the state as a whole have seen spikes in new cases, leading state authorities to increase testing and tracing efforts in those locations. Still, none of the hot-spot zip codes identified by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are in Broadway's borough of Manhattan.

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This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.