Public theater sets COVID-19 testing requirements for members of the public

‘The Visitor’ is one of the productions currently performed at the Public Theater. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Public theater now requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test for members of the public to attend performances.

The new policy, which took effect on December 17, requires spectators to present a negative test carried out within 24 hours of the performance, in addition to full proof of vaccination. The Off-Broadway Theater is one of the first major theaters to implement additional safety measures for members of the public as cases of COVID-19 increase in the city and productions are forced to cancel performances .

The Public Theater policy of allowing either PCR or rapid antigen testing is currently in place until January 30. The organization has updated its policy “as an additional precaution,” according to a spokesperson, and on advice from its health. advisers.

Broadway has yet to change its official health and safety policies, which require full proof of vaccination for entry, for members of the public. However, all of the Shubert theaters stopped bar services for patrons this weekend. The Shubert organization plans to reassess its drink plan – it has not sold food since reopening – on Monday.

The Broadway League is also in talks with the unions of establish protocols for theater workers to receive booster shots.

the The Metropolitan Opera was one of the first institutions to announce a recovery policy. Starting January 17, staff and members of the public will be required to provide proof of having received a booster injection to enter the building.

These policies come as Broadway has seen a marked increase in canceled performances due to groundbreaking cases detected within companies. Eight of 32 Broadway productions had canceled performances as of Saturday due to COVID-19 cases, with “Little shredded pill” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” providing for closures throughout the weekend and others, such as “Mrs. The doubt, ” continue longer hiatus. “Hadestown” canceled its Saturday matinee, but was planning to resume Saturday night.

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing across the city. New York State reported 21,027 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with New York City accounting for 10,286 of those cases. This is the highest total since the start of the pandemic – although testing was not readily available in early 2020.

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