Broadway Can Reopen on May 19, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Says


A view of posters for shows at area Broadway theaters near Times Square in New York on March 19, 2021.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo cleared the way for Broadway productions to reopen on May 19, announcing Monday (May 3) that most coronavirus-related capacity restrictions in New York and New Jersey will be lifted on that date, including those that have prevented Broadway theaters from operating for more than a year.

Though Broadway can effectively reopen on that date “from a capacity point of view,” Cuomo said, the governor noted that it will take time to remount productions and sell tickets.

“They may make their own economic decision as to when they reopen,” Cuomo said during a Monday press briefing. “We’re talking about Broadway.”For their part, Broadway leaders—including the Broadway League—have said a September reopening is more likely. This came after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects New York City to reopen in July.

During Monday’s briefing, Cuomo added that should Broadway actually welcome guests in the near future, social distancing measures would have to remain in effect in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention unless patrons provide proof of vaccination or recent negative test results.

The reopening initiative, which comes as COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to rise across the tri-state region, will also affect theaters, gyms, museums, restaurants, bars, amusement parks and shops.

The Broadway League has not yet responded to The Hollywood Reporter's request for comment on Cuomo's Monday remarks.

This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.