New York City Expected to Fully Reopen on July 1st With Broadway Shows to Follow

Top Quote As the vaccines continue to roll out in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to fully reopen the city on July 1st with Broadway shows to follow in September. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 04, 2021 - New York, NY – According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City can fully reopen starting July 1st. As of May 1st, the city has already administered more than 6 million doses of the Covid vaccine and more than a third of the city’s adult population has already been vaccinated. Business owners are hopeful as many businesses have already shut the doors while the remainder continues to struggle to survive through the pandemic.

    New York City has been shut down since March 2020 when it became the epicenter of the pandemic. Businesses that can fully reopen include restaurants, gyms and hair salons. Broadway theaters are expected to reopen in September and schools are expected to reopen 100% in the fall. It is still uncertain if the mask mandates will remain in place during the summer.

    Governor Cuomo stated that he would like the city to reopen sooner if possible. The governor and the mayor have been at odds throughout the pandemic with each one expressing their own views and beliefs on when the city should reopen and at what capacity. However, neither have laid out specific details on the reopening nor did they specify Covid precautions after the reopening.

    The specifics of a Broadway reopening, such as mask criteria, testing, and evidence of vaccination, are still unknown. Via the NY PopsUp project, several Broadway theatres have reopened their doors for one-off shows, allowing venues to test certain protocols on a smaller scale.

    Just a few Broadway shows have set unique dates for their curtain rises in 2021. One series named Six, which was set to debut on the day the theater's closure started, have begun to tease reopening announcements, with more information on the way.

    Exotique Men, a popular male revue show, hopes to reopen along with the other Broadway venues. “We are optimistic that we can reopen our doors and that there will be a high demand for theatrical performances,” a spokesperson stated. “Everybody has been hit hard but Broadway shows are one of the last one the list to reopen.”

    Broadway shows would almost certainly take longer to return, as they depend on much larger audiences, casts, and rehearsal time. “It takes time on Broadway because they have to put on a full production,” de Blasio said. The Broadway League has yet to announce an official reopening date, and individual producers have yet to announce dates for their first fall performances. However, it has long been speculated that marquee shows will begin performances after Labor Day, possibly around the time of the 2020 Tony Awards.

    As the city recovers, many are not sure what the landscape will look like for businesses in New York City. According to city data, many residents have moved out during the pandemic. Only time will tell if things will ever get back to normal.

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