Broadway show ‘Aladdin’ cancels performance due to Covid-19 one night after official return

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This is the first known show cancellation due to Covid-19 since Broadway began reopening earlier this month after it closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Thanks to our rigorous testing protocols, groundbreaking cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Aladdin’s company at the New Amsterdam Theater,” the show said on Wednesday in a Tweeter. “We will continue to provide support to affected members of Aladdin society during their recovery.”

The runners of the show did not say how many cases of Covid-19 have been detected, noting that they will provide more information on Thursday regarding future performance.

Broadway is big business for New York’s economy – an estimated 97,000 people are employed by shows. And when Covid-19 first swept across the United States, it made New York City one of the virus’s first hotspots, forcing theaters to close for about 18 months.

This month, cinemas began to gradually reopen, raising their curtains with sanitary measures in place to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

All 41 Broadway theaters in New York City require that eligible audiences, crews, performers and other staff be vaccinated against Covid-19, according to Broadway League policy. Children under 12 and those not vaccinated for health or religious reasons must provide a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed entry. Spectators must also be masked inside cinemas.
Broadway theaters will require vaccinations for audiences and staff
Groundbreaking cases occur when a person tests positive for Covid-19 at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Such infections can cause illness with symptoms, but some vaccinated people who are infected with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms. Research has shown that if people get infected after vaccination, they usually get a milder case.
New York is one of the most vaccinated states in the country, with more than 63% of its residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19, CDC data showed on Wednesday.

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