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Broadway to require vaccinations for audience

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 30 July, 20211. Broadway street sign2. Various of Broadway theater district3. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League++COVERED++"Yes, well, after almost 18 months of Broadway's not being open, to have 36 shows opening through December 31st is a joy that's difficult to put into words. It's just pure joy."4. Theater posters on street5. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League++PARTIALLY COVERED++"It has been a long slog, but up until the last week or two, the variant was going down, there was optimism that we had not beaten this, but that we, especially in New York City, we're well on our way to being safe in our theaters, but the breakthrough cases of the Delta variant have just made us rethink that decision, because we've committed all along that our audiences, our cast, our crew have to be safe."6. Various of theater district7. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League++PARTIALLY COVERED++"We announced a new policy today that will take place at least through October 31st, first, that all people over the age of 12 must be vaccinated to be in our theaters and must show proof of that vaccination at the time they entered the theater. In addition, they will need to be wear masks in the theater and all people under 12 or people who have health causes that would keep them from being vaccinated or religious preferences would have to show a PCR test result, negative result, from the last 72 hours or an antigen test result in the last six hours."8. Various of tourist bus with Tina musical advertisement9. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League++COVERED++"Well, Broadway has been considered the number one reason in many research projects for why people choose New York to come for pleasure. And we are a very, very important part of the New York City economy."10. SOUNDBITE (English) Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League++COVERED++"We're thrilled to get everybody back to work."11. Tourists in Times Square12. Theater billboard in Times SquareSTORYLINE:Broadway theatergoers will need to prove they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 and masks will be required when theaters reopen in the coming weeks, producers announced Friday. Audience members will have to wear face coverings and show proof they are fully vaccinated by a FDA or WHO authorized vaccine when they enter the theaters until at least the end of October, said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin. Martin says theater owners anticipate a review of the safety policies in September and may include a relaxation of certain provisions if the science dictates after October.The move comes a day after Actors' Equity Association, the union which represents nearly 52,000 actors and stage managers, said it would require cast and crew members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Company members who are not vaccinated, including those under the age of 12, must continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing when possible and undergo testing at least twice a week. The protocols apply to both Broadway productions and Equity-backed shows across the nation. Bruce Springsteen's one-man show is the only performance currently running on Broadway.Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu's "Pass Over" is set to open Wednesday at the August Wilson Theatre. Most other theaters will open in September or October after being shuttered since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020.Ticket holders for performances scheduled through Oct. 31 will be notified of the vaccination policy, Broadway League officials said. For performances in November 2021 and beyond, the theater operators will review the policy and made changes if science dictates, they said. ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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