Vaccination and Mask Policy for Broadway Shows in NYC - Valid Through April 30, 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.
Vaccinations and masks are required to attend a Broadway show through at least April 30, 2022.
Although NYC will lift the vaccination mandate for indoor events and masks in schools on March 7, the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City will continue to require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through April 30, 2022. Masks
will continue to be required for audiences inside the theatre, except
while actively eating or drinking in designated locations.
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: No. When in doubt, look to the Broadway League.
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.
Fortunately for our collective theatregoing sanity, the Broadway League, which represents all 41 Broadway theatres, took the reins on this matter. The League's latest update to its safety protocols establishes the rules that will apply through the end of April 2022, so whether you're going to a Shubert, Nederlander, or any other variety of Broadway house, it's the League's rules that you'll be following—at least for the foreseeable future.
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 Strange Loop, American Buffalo, Chicago, Come From Away, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, for colored girls, Hangmen, The Little Prince, Macbeth, The Minutes, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Music Man, Paradise Square, The Phantom of the Opera, To Kill a Mockingbird, please visit The Shubert Organization for more information.
For American Utopia, The Book of Mormon, Funny Girl, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, 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, Wicked please visit Broadway Direct for more information.
For Birthday Candles, please visit Roundabout Theatre Company for more information.
For Aladdin, please visit Disney on Broadway for more information.
For Take Me Out 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 Plaza Suite, please visit The Hudson Theatre for more information.
For the The Skin of Our Teeth, visit Lincoln Center Theater for more information.
These policies are adapted from the Broadway League, whose Vaccination and Mask Policy can be found here.