The man pulled out a photo ID and walked to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on Broadway to see “Come From Away,” but no one checked it out. Families who came to watch “The Lion King” were told to throw out their cards and wear masks, but there was no mention of vaccine cards. And Covid’s security officers in neon yellow vests patrolling in front of the Six disappeared.
Most Broadway cinemas stopped checking the vaccination status of their visitors last week for the first time since they reopened last summer, easing safety protocols that same week, and a growing number of coronavirus cases have put New York City at higher risk.
The industry hopes the abolition of vaccine checks – which have also been eliminated in restaurants, cinemas and other venues in New York – will make going to the cinema more attractive and that the remaining mask term will help protect audiences as cases increase, but hospitalizations and deaths cases are still low.
While some visitors welcomed the change, others said they felt uncomfortable going to crowded cinemas without a guarantee that their teammates had been vaccinated, and several nonprofit Broadway theaters still require proof of vaccination.
“I just don’t feel as secure as the past few months,” said Lauren Broyles, 44, an executive assistant from Hershey, Pa., Who visited New York several times last winter to watch the shows, but said she stopped planning a summer outing. to the theater after reading that Broadway had given up on the vaccine mandate. “I’m waiting to hear what’s next.”
But Michael Anderson, 48, of Hudson, NY, who stood in line the other day to see The Hanger, said he thinks that although vaccine checks used to make sense, he thinks they are no longer needed. “At this point, I am vaccinated and reinforced,” he said.