The Broadway League – the national trade association for the Broadway theater industry, with more than 700 members comprising theater owners, operators, general managers, suppliers, producers, and presenters – has issued a statement on its response to theatergoers’ and employees’ concerns over the coronavirus. To date, no Broadway shows or performances have been canceled as a result of the virus, and the organization is taking a preventive approach to control its spread, following the recommendations of the government and public health authorities.
The statement reads as follows:
“The Broadway League is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation on behalf of the Broadway community. The safety and security of our theatregoers and employees is our highest priority. We are following the lead of our city, state and federal elected officials as we implement strategies recommended by public health authorities and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in all of our theatres and offices as all productions continue to play as scheduled. We have significantly increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all public and backstage areas beyond the standard daily schedule, and we have added alcohol-based sanitizer dispensers for public use in the lobby of every theatre. We invite patrons to make use of soap, paper towels, and tissues available in all restrooms. We remain vigilant, and we are prepared to make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in response to changing conditions.”
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