The Broadway League and the Actors’ Equity Association struck an agreement Thursday to implement new Covid-19 safety protocols for Broadway workers, as shows prepare to reopen in August and September after having been shut down for over a year.
Theater actors and crew will be required to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, but exceptions will be made for workers who are unable to be inoculated due to health issues, disabilities or religious beliefs.
Workers will also need to submit to weekly Covid-19 testing prior to rehearsals, and those who are exempt from getting immunized will need to get tested at least twice a week.
Theaters will need to meet improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning standards.
Modifications to the protocols will be allowed, when necessary, for individual shows or locations.
“We all feel this plan is robust, adaptable to changing conditions and in line with the science,” said Actors’ Equity Association Executive Director Mary McColl. “Vaccines work, and those who are vaccinated will protect both themselves and those who can’t be at this time.”
The producer of Hamilton said in May he would require cast and backstage workers to get inoculated against Covid. Pass Over, which began rehearsals in early July and is set to premiere in August, already implemented vaccine and testing protocols for its cast and crew. The majority of hit Broadway shows have announced plans to return in September, including Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Chicago and Waitress.
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If shows will require audiences to show proof of vaccination in order to attend a performance. Springsteen on Broadway, which was the first Broadway show to return in June, required its audience to show proof of vaccination before entering the theater. Pass Over plans to do the same thing in August.
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