Monday, October 3, 2022

Broadway requires patrons to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Theaters on Broadway in New York City will require audience members to wear masks and provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19.

All workers, including artists and behind the scenes, must also take COVID-19 shots.

Under the new policy, customers must provide proof that they have received a vaccine approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization.

Protectors must have been fully vaccinated, or received the final dose in their diet – some vaccines require two doses – at least 14 days before attending a show.

The policy is valid until 31 October.

The policy could be relaxed “if science determines,” the Broadway League said.

The only exemptions are for children under 12 or for people with a medical condition or a religious belief that prevents vaccination.

The people must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, or a negative antigen test, within 72 hours after the performance.

‘Since vaccination has been the most effective way to stay healthy and reduce transmission, I’m glad the theater owners have decided to implement these joint precautions at all of our Broadway homes. “A uniform policy in all Broadway theaters in New York makes it easier for our audiences and should give our guests even more confidence in how seriously Broadway takes audience safety,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said in a statement.

Nick Scandalios of The Nederlander Organization, who speaks for theater owners, added that “the entire theater community is committed to the highest standards of public health.”

According to the league, there are 41 theaters on Broadway.

Broadway is known as one of the top destinations to see live shows in the United States.

Broadway closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and has not yet reopened. Programs begin again on September 14th.

A number of companies have started announcing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, but far fewer set vaccine requirements to customers.

Danny Meyer, a restaurateur, made waves on Thursday when he said all customers need to be vaccinated to get into his restaurants.

Evidence of vaccination, or vaccine passports, has been partially banned in some Republican-led states. Civil liberties groups have expressed concern about the passports.

‘The issues regarding passport design are separate from the question of where and when people may be required to provide proof of vaccinations, but if a passport system makes it very easy to ask and provide proof of vaccination, it is likely that such requests become too much use when people are asked for credentials every time, ”Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union, wrote in a blog post in March.

‘While there are legal circumstances in which people can be asked for proof of vaccination, we do not want to turn into a control community that exceeds the danger of COVID and that excludes people without credentials from facilities where vaccine mandates are not highly justified, he added.

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