After the return of NBA matches at Madison Square Garden, then the reopening this Friday of some theaters, the governor of New York announced Wednesday that the theaters could reopen on April 2, with a still limited capacity.
Closed since March 12, they will be able to reopen at 33% capacity or 100 people at most, with mandatory masks and distancing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 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.
Some prestigious venues, such as the Apollo Theater in Harlem, or the huge lobby of Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side, could seize the opportunity. With such thresholds on the other hand, the big productions of Broadway – like “Frozen”, “The Lion King”, etc – “will not be able to leave again”, indicated to AFP Martine Sainvil, spokesperson of Broadway, without give new date. “But we’re happy that some arts venues, including some theaters in the Broadway neighborhood, are able to reopen their doors and give audiences back a taste for what we’ve been missing so much from those dark months,” she added.