Well, that’s it: Broadway theatres will go dark beginning 5 PM, March 12th, today. So much for the premiere of “Six.” Henry the 8th’s wives will have to delay their opening.
The announcement comes as venues and performing arts organizations around New York City and the country have announced closures of their own amid rising concerns about the global coronavirus pandemic. New York’s museums are shutting down, too.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press conference that no gatherings of more than 500 people will be allowed, excepting schools, hospitals, mass transit, and nursing homes. That ban will be effective beginning 5 PM, March 13.
For gatherings under 500, the seating capacity will be cut in half.