Revenue / 07.01.20
Broadway Suspends Performances Through 2020 Amid Coronavirus, Extends Ticket Refunds to 2021
USA Today (06/29/20) Moniuszko, Sara M.; Keller, Ilana
The Broadway League announced on June 29 that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of the year due to COVID-19, with ticket refunds and exchanges extended to Jan. 3, 2021. "The Broadway League continues to work with city and state officials as well as leaders in science, technology, and medicine to formulate the best plan to restart the industry," said the press release. "Some of the logistics being currently reviewed for audience members and employees include: screening and testing, cleaning and sanitizing, wayfinding inside theaters, backstage protocols, and much more." The release added that returning productions are planning to resume over a series of rolling dates early next year, with tickets for next winter and spring performances to go on sale in the weeks ahead. Actors' Equity Association (AEA) earlier this month published four conditions that the group said must be met to "support safe and healthy theater production" as Broadway looks toward reopening. The principles include containing the epidemic with effective testing, few new cases in the area and contact tracing; identification and isolation of individuals who may be infectious with regular and accurate testing; possible revisions to auditions, rehearsal, performance and stage management to reduce risk; and collaborative efforts to control COVID-19 that involve AEA members, employers, the union and all other theater production stakeholders.
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