New York, May 5 (EFE) .- After a year and a half of closure due to the coronavirus, Broadway theaters will finally be able to raise the curtain on September 14 and will do so at 100% of their capacity, announced this Wednesday New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“Broadway is a central part of the identity of New York and is an important part of our economy that employs endless artists and creators of shows, and starting this September the show will continue,” Cuomo, who He specified that the tickets will begin to go on sale on May 6.
“Fortunately, as we closely monitor the data and begin to reopen our economy, we are on our way to being able to allow shows at full capacity in September and being able to return to this beloved global attraction,” he added.
The Governor explained that New York State will continue to work with Broadway industry partners to plan a safe and successful return to the theater.
He pointed out that the shows will be adapted to the existing public health conditions with measures such as masks, coronavirus tests, greater air filtration and ventilation and rigorous cleaning of the spaces.
If a performance has to be canceled, the theaters plan to offer money back or changes to ticket dates.
Broadway will open its doors thanks to the efforts implemented by the authorities in recent months, such as the installation of a vaccination center exclusively for its workers, as well as mobile units for injections and for coronavirus tests.
In addition, financial aid has been granted to the theater sector, such as tax credits worth 100 million dollars (more than 83 million euros at the current exchange rate) for fiscal year 2022, as well as a 25% refund of some costs for all those productions that start before December of next year.
Before the pandemic, about 250,000 people attended a Broadway show annually, a sector that created 97,000 jobs and contributed about $ 14.7 billion (more than 12 billion euros) each year to the New York economy. .