The governor of New York State, in turmoil after several accusations of sexual harassment, announced on Wednesday that theaters should be allowed to reopen in early April under certain conditions.
The rooms of the American cultural capital, closed since March 12, 2020, will be able to reopen at 33% of capacity or 100 people at most, with the wearing of the mask and compulsory distancing, announced the governor Andrew Cuomo during a press briefing. Outdoor shows can accommodate up to 200 people. The thresholds will be raised for rooms capable of testing their spectators beforehand – to 150 people indoors or 500 outdoors.
With such thresholds, the big Broadway productions ” will not be able to leave yet “, Martine Sainvil, spokesperson for Broadway, told AFP, without giving a new date. « But we are happy that some artistic places, including some theaters, can reopen their doors and give the public a taste for what we have been missing so much from these dark months », she added.
Some prestigious venues, such as the Apollo Theater in Harlem, or the huge hall of Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side, could also seize the opportunity. The announcement of this conditional green light comes as the number of cases and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus are down, in New York State as in other American states, against the backdrop of the acceleration of the campaign. vaccination and arrival of a third vaccine, that of Johnson & Johnson.
In New York, restaurants had already obtained permission to reopen indoors for Valentine’s Day and cinemas will follow suit on Friday, March 5.