The Coachella Valley has not experienced the Covid-19 pandemic like New York City has.
At the height of the pandemic in 2020, NYC shut down its subway system, it’s hospitals were overwhelmed, it was burying people in mass graves at cemeteries…funeral homes unable to keep pace with the escalating number of deceased victims.
That’s all such a distant memory now, that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided to reopen Broadway.
Broadway theaters will begin selling tickets on Thursday May 6th 2021 for shows that will hit the stage in September 2021.
And the theatres will be able to be at 100% capacity.
Theatre operators have told Cuomo they cannot make it just filling a house 10% or 25%. They need all seats to be filled to even hope to make money.
Governor Cuomo says this falls in line with the New York State’s removal of general coronavirus-related capacity limits.
Instead the focus will be on people maintaining six-feet of distance between themselves and anyone else. How that will be done while people are seated elbow-to-elbow, remains to be seen.
It was March 12th of 2020 when Broadway first shut down, as per Governor Cuomo’s earliest rules against mass-gatherings.
Theatres and performers will now have several months to prepare for opening night, which is September 14th 2021.
As for the Coachella Valley, there is an outdoor concert at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella on May 15th, but the indoor performing arts venues have not scheduled any shows yet.
Spotlight on Stage.
Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR