The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has halted any and all forms of entertainment and recreation almost all across the globe. The outbreak started 6 months ago in China, and for the majority of these 6 months, public gatherings have been avoided in most countries. Some countries are starting to bounce back from the pandemic, but others are continuing with their lockdowns or making them more stringent. One such country is the USA. Given its status as the worst-affected country in the world, the US is a long way away from returning to its “normal” ways of living. A big part of the USA’s entertainment industry, Broadway, has shut itself down for the rest of the year.
In a press release put out on Monday, the Broadway League announced its plan for the remainder of 2020.
WHAT DID THE BROADWAY LEAGUE ANNOUNCE?
The Broadway League announced the cancellation of all Broadway performances in New York City for the rest of 2020.
“The Broadway League announced today that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19.”
Moreover, they also announced that customers who had bought tickets for shows scheduled on or before January 3, 2021, would be refunded.
“Broadway theatres are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all performances through January 3, 2021.”
They also announced their efforts to restart Broadway performances as soon as possible.
“The Broadway League continues to work with city and state officials as well as leaders in science, technology, and medicine to formulate the best plan to restart the industry.”
“Returning productions are currently projected to resume performances over a series of rolling dates in early 2021. Tickets for performances for next winter and spring are expected to go on sale in the coming weeks.”
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Charlotte St. Martin, President of the League, said –
“We are determined to bring back the people who rely on this industry for their livelihood, and to welcome back all those who love this vital part of New York City, as soon as it is safe to do so. As so many of us in the Broadway community have been saying during this time – We’ll be back, and we have so many more stories to tell.”