Stricter restrictions are hitting Broadway. Starting January 29, all theatergoers ages 5 and up will be required to show proof of vaccination. And all adults will need to show a photo ID to attend any Broadway show.
Currently, only ticket holders 12 and above must show their vaccination card, while kids ages 5 to 11 have to show a negative COVID test. But the new rules extend the vaccination requirements. This means everyone 5 and older must show proof they’ve received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine — or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — in order to attend the show. International attendees will need to show proof of vaccination status by any WHO-approved vaccine. You can find that list here.
If the ticket holder is within the 2 weeks of their second dose, they must also show a negative COVID test. If it’s a PCR test, it must be within 72 hours of showtime; a rapid test must be within 6 hours of showtime.
Identification procedures are also changing. Starting January 29, everyone 18 and older will need to provide a government-issued form of identification that includes a photo (e.g. driver’s license, passport, state ID card, etc). Ticket holders between the ages of 12 and 17 will need to provide a government-issued ID or school ID, but it does not need to have a picture on it. Children 5 to 11 can only attend a show with a vaccinated adult. These identification requirement changes are to ensure the vaccination card matches the person presenting it.
One requirement that is not changing: masks. Everyone in the theater must still wear a mask, except when actively eating and drinking. If you are looking for tickets to a Broadway show, be sure to check out this article on how to save money. And while you’re in New York City, here’s a look at what else you can do during your trip.