Within the wake of coronavirus circumstances rising in New York, Governor Cuomo has mandated that every one Broadway theaters will likely be closed efficient instantly. America has skilled a sudden surge in precautionary measures within the final week. All journey to Europe from the US has been banned. Occasions that require massive gatherings of individuals like SXSW 2020, Coachella, and New York Metropolis’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade have all been both postponed or canceled. Moreover, large industries such because the NHL, NBA, Disneyland, and now Broadway will completely shut down in the interim.
Albany bureau chief for the NY Occasions, Jesse McKinley, tweeted that every one Broadway theaters will formally shut down at 5 PM/EST. This is because of Governor Cuomo’s ruling that every one gatherings of over 500 folks be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The definition of a Broadway theater is a theater that seats over 500 folks. Whereas Cuomo’s new ruling impacts all of Broadway, smaller off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theaters are nonetheless permitted to run as deliberate. Broadway will stay shut down till April 12, 2020. That date could lengthen if want be.
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Broadway is at present New York Metropolis’s most outstanding vacationer business. Vacationers journey from everywhere in the world to see their favourite musical like Depraved, Lion King, and Phantom of the Opera carried out reside. Vacationers will miss out on one of the best of NYC; the theater business will undergo after refunding tickets, and actors and theater staff are out of labor. Nonetheless, precautionary measures have to be taken to finish this pandemic. Tickets for widespread musicals like Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Hamilton can transcend $1,000, so the monetary affect of this shut down is definite to be immense.
BREAKING: @NYGovCuomo declares almost-immediate closing of Broadway, town’s largest vacationer business. 5 PM tonight.
— Jesse McKinley (@jessemckinley) March 12, 2020
Talking of Hamilton, it was additionally reported by CBSLA that the Hollywood Pantages Theatre is suspending all performances of Hamilton by way of March 31. The musical was scheduled to open the night of the introduced postponement, however ticket holders will obtain an automated refund as a substitute.
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