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The Wall Street Journal: Broadway shows to return Sept. 14

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Broadway can finally raise the curtain again.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that shows can resume performances at 100% capacity Sept. 14, with tickets allowed to go on sale Thursday. Theaters have been closed since March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement followed one earlier this week from state officials that many businesses would be allowed to go to full capacity this month, provided they maintained 6-foot social-distancing measures. That was problematic for the Broadway community, whose business model depends on packed houses with patrons seated closely together.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said it would be up to the shows to decide if they want to require patrons to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precaution, but he strongly encouraged it. “I think it would be a safer environment for people to go to,” he said.

An expanded version of this article appears on WSJ.com.

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