Broadway is extending its vaccination requirement for actors to June 26, the Actors’ Equity Association said Wednesday.
The vaccine requirement for actors was announced prior to Broadway’s return last fall and has remained in effect since then.
The news comes two weeks after the Broadway League announced that many Broadway theaters will stop checking vaccination status for audience members after April 30, ending a policy that had been in effect since Broadway’s reopening. The Broadway League’s mask mandate for audiences will remain in effect through at least May 31.
Broadway shows began reopening last September after being closed for more than a year during the pandemic. Despite the vaccination requirements, many productions shut down this past winter amid COVID outbreaks among cast and crew members. But the Great White Way has bounced back, as 17 Broadway shows either opened or reopened in the past two months.