Broadway is canceled: New York governor orders closure of theaters, ban on gatherings of 500+ due to coronavirus

Looking to “reduce density” of people across New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a ban on gatherings of 500 people or more and shut down Broadway theaters in Manhattan.

The theater ban takes effect at 5 pm local time on Thursday, while the moratorium on large gatherings will be enforced starting 5 pm on Friday, Cuomo said.

Furthermore, Cuomo has decreed that all facilities with the legal occupancy limit of fewer than 500 people will have that cut by 50 percent.

“We have already spoken to the theaters about these new measures and they agreed,” the governor tweeted, confirming earlier reports by local media that a shutdown was coming.

Actors Equity, a union representing performers, has been lobbying for a ban because its members are concerned about contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus. The shutdown is expected to last through April 12.

The New York Philharmonic has already canceled all performances through March 31, citing “the safety and security of our guests, musicians and employees.”

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