New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that state-mandated capacity restrictions in New York City will be lifted May 19, including Broadway theaters.
While acknowledging that a Spring reopening is unlikely for Broadway due to the logistics of mounting productions, Cuomo included theaters among the NYC businesses that will see all capacity restrictions lifted on Wednesday, May 19. The list also includes restaurants, bars, retail, salons and other live performance venues.
Actors’ Equity association called the governor’s comments “unexpected” but welcome. The lifting of the state’s capacity restrictions is a first step toward Broadway’s reopening. (The shutdown began March 12, 2020, when Cuomo instituted the statewide capacity restrictions.)