Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Broadway League.
Broadway performances have been suspended since March 12, 2020. The Broadway League did not set a date for performances to resume.
Broadway theaters are offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all shows through Jan. 3, 2021, the Broadway League said in a statement Monday.
The Broadway League is an organization representing theater producers and owners. It projected that performances could resume in early 2021 “over a series of rolling dates” to end its longest shutdown in history.
The closures have come at the cost of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars. Other cultural institutions in the city, such as the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic, have also called off performances until at least the end of the year.
The arts and entertainment sector is in the last phase of New York’s four-step reopening plan. Plays and musicals are considered mass gatherings, likely the last facet of pre-coronavirus life to reopen. The city is currently in the second phase, under which restaurants are allowed to serve patrons outdoors.