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Broadway Theatres Cleared for Limited Reopening April 2

New York State’s event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33% capacity beginning April 2, with up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors along with mandated social distancing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently. If all attendees present proof of negative test results before entering, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors.

However, along with limits on capacity, there will also be limits on operations. Broadway theatres won’t be able to resume regularly scheduled performances until May 30. In the interim, some venues will reopen with a series of free pop-up performances overseen by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal.

Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, told Crain’s New York Business, “We can’t socially distance. Any show at 33% capacity closes very quickly. The financial model doesn’t work and it will never work.”


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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