Broadway is canceled: New York governor orders closure of theaters, ban on gatherings of 500+ due to coronavirus
Intended to help "reduce the density" of crowds, 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.
For Broadway theaters in Manhattan, these rules will go into effect at 5pm TODAY.We have already spoken to the theaters about these new measures and they agreed.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 12, 2020
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.
Likely to be an economic punch in the gut for Broadway (and many other industries) https://t.co/lNvan4ak89— Maggie Miller (@magmill95) March 12, 2020
About an hour before the Broadway shutdown, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced a state of emergency and asked the federal government for stimulus funding.
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All events at New York City public libraries have been canceled starting Friday, but the libraries remain open, for now.
Cuomo’s latest measures are intended to enforce “social distancing,” as New York is struggling to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. There were 112 new infections overnight, bringing the state total to 328 confirmed cases as of Thursday.
The governor has already set up a “containment zone” in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City in the affluent Westchester County that has logged 148 cases so far. However, the virus has already spread to NYC where 95 cases have been registered, and to Long Island, where 40 people have tested positive.
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