Broadway Goes Dark Amid Coronavirus Concerns – Variety
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo restricted gatherings with more than 500 people, except schools, hospitals and mass transit, effective March 13.
There are currently 31 musicals and plays open on the Great White Way, but the public heath has become a concern since theaters are often tightly packed. Broadway as an industry is particularly at risk, given that patrons skew older and it relies heavily on tourism.
Increased safety measures were taken in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus prior to the closure, including additional venue cleanings, limited backstage access and recommending to end stage door interactions between performers and attendees.
Cuomo was initially hesitant to close down Broadway, saying in a press conference he was conflicted about how to handle large public gatherings.
“You don’t want to shut down society, because that’s massively disruptive — to the economy, to life, etc., but your main concern here is the public health crisis, and it’s balancing the two,” he said.
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