New York: Broadway theaters, one of New York’s major attractions, closed since March due to the coronavirus, will remain closed until at least January 2021, the Broadway League professional association said on Monday (June 29th).
While the coronavirus epidemic is currently under control in New York, other states record records of contamination.
All theaters “now offer refunds or exchanges for tickets purchased for performances scheduled before January 3,” the association said in a statement, without giving a firm reopening date.
“Our members work closely with unions, experts, and great minds inside and outside the theater world to identify and implement the measures that will allow the performances to be resumed safely for the public and employees, ”said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League.
“The alchemy by which 1000 people come together and form an audience that feeds each of the artists will be possible when the theaters can once again be safely full,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board of directors for Broadway League.
Not profitable Even 50% Full
“The safety of the artists, the production, the orchestras, and the public is our priority and we will only return to the stage when it is safe. One thing is certain, when we come back we will be stronger and we will be needed more than ever. ”
Broadway theaters accounted for approximately $33 million in weekly revenues until their closure on March 12. Professionals can only count for weeks on unemployment benefits.
Until then, some were still hoping for a reopening in September of these theaters which attract millions of tourists to New York each year. If the epidemic in the American economic capital has declined significantly since the peak recorded in April, the contamination rate is very high in other American states, with record contamination figures recorded especially in Florida and Texas in recent days.
“Broadway’s economic model is such that social distancing is impossible,” warned Charlotte St. Martin in May.” Even with halls 50% full, performance could not pay its bills.”