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Broadway to fully reopen in September
Broadway is turning on its lights again - New York's famed theater district has the go-ahead to fully reopen in the fall.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Wednesday that Broadway shows would be ready to open, starting in September, at 100 percent capacity.
"The shows open September 14 - that's a function of how Broadway operates, obviously. They have to have a play to put on and they're in the process of doing that," Cuomo said during a news conference on reopening efforts throughout the Empire State.
Tickets for Broadway shows will go on sale starting Thursday, he said.
The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the city's entertainment sector - Broadway has been shut down since March 2020.
The governor didn't offer specifics on if or how Centers for Disease Control and Prevention social distancing guidelines would be observed.
Show openings will occur on a rolling basis, according to New York State budget director Robert Mujica, with "dozens" of performances going on.
The state will be conducting pilot programs in indoor spaces, in which the capacity will slowly increase, Mujica said.
"The point is to also see," he told reporters, "what the appetite is like for people to start going back."
"It's not economical for [Broadway] to function with reduced capacity. So they need to be at a much higher level of capacity," he added.
Cuomo said that "September, in some ways, is a world away. Look how much changes month to month."
Cuomo tweeted Wednesday that Broadway is a "major part of our state's identity and economy, and we are thrilled that the curtains will rise again."