Theater Workers To Get Their Own Vaccination Sites, Mayor de Blasio announces

“We will move heaven and earth to bring Broadway back,” Mayor Bill de Blasio declared in announcing dedicated Covid-19 vaccination sites on Broadway for the theater industry, with a mobile vaccination unit dedicated to off-Broadway workers, both of which will be staffed by veteran theater workers. The mayor said he hopes that Broadway will reopen in Fall 2021.

“Today is a really good first step in our healing,” performer Telly Leung said at the City Hall press conference.

Actors Equity responded with a statement from Mary McColl, the union’s executive director: “Today’s announcement is an important recognition from the City of New York that a strong theatre industry means a healthy, strong economy. Mayor de Blasio clearly understands that we cannot socially distance in our work, making the availability of vaccines and testing critical for maintaining a safe workplace. We have been having conversations with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment about safety on a regular basis throughout the pandemic. It is clear that we were heard and the city is pushing forward-looking policy changes that will serve the entire theatrical community. We are grateful for the leadership of Mayor de Blasio.”

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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