Vaccination and Mask Policy for Broadway Shows in NYC - Valid Through July 31, 2022
Broadway has been back in business since August 2021 and COVID-19 safety protocols have been keeping thousands of patrons safe eight shows a week. The rules have remained largely the same since Broadway's grand re-opening, but in light of a few tweaks, here's an easy cheat sheet to put your mind at ease.
Masks are optional, but encouraged, for audiences attending a Broadway show through at least July 31, 2022. Vaccinations may be required for some, but not all, theaters after April 30, 2022.
While some Broadway theatres may no longer require proof of vaccination, the owners and operators of all 41 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. Masking rules for performers and backstage crew are to be announced.
Updated masking and vaccination protocols for August and beyond will be announced in late July.
How do I make sure I'm following all the rules?
For all of the Broadway theatre currently operating, it comes down to three easy steps:
Step 1: Be vaccinated. And by vaccinated, the Broadway League means a guest ages 5 or older needs to have their final dose at least 14 days earlier to get antibodies flowing. Aside from that, it's dealer's choice among this phenomenal list of ten vaccines approved by the WHO (for international guests, two doses of any "mix and match" combination of vaccines is acceptable). Any guest whose last vaccine dose (excluding boosters) was fewer than 14 days before the date of performance must, in addition to meeting these requirements, also present proof of (a) a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the performance time, or (b) a negative COVID-19 antigen test within 6 hours of performance time.
Step 2: Bring proof that you were vaccinated to the
theatre, including a government-issued photo ID—if you're ages 12-17, a
school ID is just fine. Guests ages 5 – 11 may enter the theatre only
when accompanied by an adult who complies with the theatre’s vaccination
Step 3: Wear a mask for the whole show, excepting only times you might be actively eating or drinking in your seat before the show or during intermission.
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 Broadway League, your point-of-purchase, or the show's official website.
There have been a lot of cooks in the kitchen when it comes to Broadway COVID safety policies. There's city-level governance, and then there are the Broadway theatre owners themselves: The Shuberts and Nederlanders, who, put together, own over half of the Broadway houses; Jujamcyn, which owns another five theatres; Ambassador Theatre Group with two; Disney Theatrical Group, which resides at the New Amsterdam; and a smattering of other not-for-profit companies, which fill out much of the rest of Broadway real estate.
The Broadway League, which represents all 41 Broadway theatres, had taken the reins on this matter, until the Spring 2022. Beginning in May, The Broadway League directed theatre owners and operators to establish their own policies on vaccination status for audience members. Here is what we know so far:
Neither the Shubert Organization nor the Nederlander Organization have required proof of vaccination from patrons since May 1.
Disney Theatrical, which has Aladdin currently running at the New Amsterdam Theatre, dropped its vaccine requirement in May.
Roundabout Theatre Company currently allows its tenants to set their own audience policies for vaccination.
Studio 54 also no longer requires proof of vaccination for audiences attending The Minutes.
Manhattan Theatre Club will keep the vaccination requirement for the run of How I Learned to Drive at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Lincoln Center did disrupt the vaccination requirement for the duration The Skin of Our Teeth and has yet to announce updated COVID policies for the Fall.
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?
There are two scenarios in which you can enter a Broadway theatre unvaccinated:
1. If you have a medical condition that precludes it
2. If you have a "sincerely held" religious belief that precludes it
In both 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.
What about guests under 5 who can't get vaccinated?
Guests under 5, when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult may enter the theatre with ONE of the following:
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test performed by a medical provider within 72 hours of the performance start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test; OR
- A negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test.
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, for colored girls, Kimberly Akimbo, KPOP, Macbeth, The Music Man, Paradise Square, The Phantom of the Opera, POTUS, Some Like it Hot, andTo 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 the 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.