The global pandemic has taken its toll all around the globe but just as in Britain there is light at the end of the tunnel and some venues are preparing to open again and cannot wait for it to be ‘business as usual’.
What’s happening on Broadway? There’s a stirring of confidence, especially since it has been announced that limited live performances are to be allowed in New Year State from April.
Governor Andrew M. Cumo announced that plays, concerts and other performances can resume in New York starting next month but with sharply reduced capacity limits. The opening date is April 2 and some arts., entertainment and events venues will be able to open again if they observe the strict regulations which means that they can only have, at best, a third capacity with a limit of 100 people indoors or 200 outdoors. All those Attending must wear masks and be socially distanced. If all attendees test negative before entering the capacities can go up to 150 indoors and 500 outdoors.
While many smaller venues welcome the news and some of the larger venues consider whether or not they can make something work, the new rules will not affect Broadway plays and musicals, which are still most likely to open in mid-September.
Charlotte St. Martin, the president of the Broadway League, commented,”Broadway shows have to just wait and hope. For a traditional Broadway show, the financial model just doesn’t work. How do we know that? Because shows that get that kind of attendance close.”