NY’s Broadway, Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Corridor to require vaccines

If you want to attend a live performance in New York, prepare to show proof that you received your Covid shots.

The Broadway League announced Friday that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will require viewers, performers, backstage crew and theater staff to be fully vaccinated by October.

Young children or people with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccinations can still attend shows if they have a negative Covid-19 test. You will need a PCR test within 72 hours of the start of the performance or a negative antigen test that will be performed within 6 hours of the start of the performance in order to be admitted.

“A uniform policy in all New York Broadway theaters makes it easy for our audiences and should give our guests even more confidence how seriously Broadway takes the safety of the audience,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League.

An exterior view of the Palace Theater at the premiere of “West Side Story” on Broadway at the Palace Theater on March 19, 2009 in New York City.

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Audiences in the theater must also wear masks, except when eating or drinking in designated areas.

In September, the league will review these guidelines for November performances.

The Metropolitan Opera also requires guests, performers, orchestras, choirs, and staff to provide proof of vaccination, but face masks are optional. The opera will prohibit children under 12 from attending performances.

“The Met policy states that masks will be optional, this could change depending on prevailing health conditions. Also, unlike Broadway, we will have absolutely no exceptions to the vaccination-only policy, ”a Metropolitan Opera spokeswoman said in an email.

Guests must present proof of vaccination upon entering the theater and be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine. This means that guests have to wait at least two weeks after their last recordings to attend a performance.

Carnegie Hall will also require proof of vaccination from all guests, artists, staff and visitors and will ban children under the age of 12 from attending performances, a statement said.

Younger children are not yet entitled to the Covid vaccine.

The new requirements result from the rapid spread of the Delta variant across the country, especially in areas with low vaccination rates. On Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new instructions Encouraging people to wear masks in again Areas of the country where cases have increasedeven if they are vaccinated. This was a reversal of the Agency’s previous policy.

The CDC warns that the Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and could make people sicker than the original Covid.

Broadway begins will reopen its doors to the public at full capacity on September 14th, after switching off since March 2020. New York City has Billions lost in tourism dollars when live performances on Broadway, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall were interrupted.

The industry received government support through a program called Grant for operators of shuttered venues, which provided $ 16.2 billion to keep the entertainment industry alive across the country until performances could be safely returned to normal.

The surge in Covid cases due to the Delta variant comes at a precarious time for the industry, which has invested in reinstating artists and other workers in preparation for the resumption of performances.

Recreation on: NY’s indoor household leisure facilities reopen | Native Information

PLATTSBURGH – Indoor entertainment centers are welcoming families back here for fun and games after government-mandated COVID protocols left them playing the waiting game for more than a year.

New York State has authorized the industry to reopen on Friday, March 26, for the first time since Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s March 2020 pause order.

Both Champy’s Fun City, connected to Comfort Inn and Suites on Route 3, and Champlain Center renter Champlain’s Kid Zone have since reopened with social distancing guidelines, mask mandates, temperature checks, hand sanitizing stations, and other safety protocols.

“We’re very happy,” said Hasham Ashraf, owner of the indoor bouncy park and the Champlain’s Kid Zone arcade. “We fought all year.”

CAPACITY LIMITS

Among other things, state guidelines limited the capacity of indoor amusement and family entertainment centers to 25 percent.

Terry Meron, owner of Champy’s Fun City, described the limit as extremely strict compared to other industries, for example the 75 percent capacity limit in restaurants.

He noted his adjoining company, Eclipse Fitness, which was due to reopen in August along with other health centers at 33 percent capacity. Meron said the two industries, indoor entertainment and health centers, are operating below capacity limits that “cannot break even”.

“They’re device-oriented in their makeup,” he said. “It is difficult to have an occupancy (limits) for companies because they are primarily fixed-cost companies. It is just not possible to break even.”

“Well, am I glad it’s finally open? Yes. Hopefully the occupancy maxima will continue to rise when we are all vaccinated, or when enough of us are vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.”

The percentage of limited capacity in Ashraf’s Kid Zone at 26, including himself and his wife Bushra Mazir. The owner said he was concerned about the limit and noted that since the reopening, customers “left when they weren’t ready”.

MASKS AND TEMPS

The tenant of the shopping center at the end of the Champlain Center on Kohl enforced the guidelines for social distancing, determined the temperatures of the guests, required hand disinfection and disinfected the arcade machines and their jumping structures every two hours.

They also have a strict “no mask, no entry” rule. Since the announcement on Facebook, several parents had asked what age the rule applies to.

“Masks start between the ages of 3 (years) and 12,” Ashraf said, noting that children between the ages of 1 and 2 do not need masking. “All of them have been good so far.”

Champy’s Fun City features a range of traditional arcade games, as well as a mini bowling alley, laser tag, bumper cars, mini put, laser maze, and a three-story game structure.

The space operated under similar guidelines as the Kid Zone, but Meron noted barriers separating games without a two-meter distance, multiple hand sanitizing stations, and said guests were asked to wipe equipment before and after using it.

He added that balls had been removed from the play structure’s ball pit for disinfection purposes, and that the structure itself would be refurbished frequently and, in accordance with state guidelines, temperatures and contact tracing information would be collected at the door.

MORE WORK, LESS patrons

Champy’s will reopen with limited hours, including Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, Friday from 4pm to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 9pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm

Meron said times would be adjusted as needed.

Additional security protocols required Champy’s increasing its staffing levels and hiring at least one person in addition to regular staff to check temperatures and several others to oversee the center’s various attractions.

“This is what really deepens the break-even analysis,” Meron said, noting that more employees meant that customers’ capacity limits would also decrease. “During the period from 4 to 7 p.m. I have no idea whether two or 20 customers will come in.”

STATE DIRECTIVES

The guide to indoor amusement and family entertainment centers in the state is posted on the New York Forward website.

It can be accessed here: https://tinyurl.com/6m73dpeh

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