The coronavirus is causing most concerts and sporting events to be postponed or cancelled. It seems that you can add Broadway plays to that list as well. A decision was made to completely shut down all of the plays that are currently going on right now on Broadway in New York City. It was only a matter of time until this happened. State and local governments are creating restrictions on the number of people who can gather at one time. This is because the virus is very easily spread from one person to another. It would be very easy for an infected person to attend a Broadway show and spread the virus to many of the other people who are in attendance.
The complete closure of Broadway shows comes as a direct result of a New York state ban on gatherings of more than 500 people. Refunds for shows are available where the tickets were originally bought. Many of the performers were asked about the unprecedented closure of Broadway. Needless to say, there were many of them who are very disappointed. However, all of them are very understanding about the dangerous health risk that is posed by many people gathering at the same time in the same place. There has been no word on when the ban on large public gatherings might be lifted.
On Thursday, there were many other announcements around the United States concerning large events being postponed or cancelled as a safety measure to protect people from the coronavirus. For example, both Disneyland and Disney World will be closing until further notice. The NCAA has totally cancelled the March Madness men’s basketball tournament. They had originally planned to play in front of no fans. However, they eventually decided to cancel the entire tournament because of player safety.
It was also announced that the rest of Major League Baseball spring training has been cancelled and the season has been pushed back by at least two weeks. However, it might be longer based on what is happening in the country at that time. The season was originally supposed to start on the 26th of this month. Many of the Broadway actors are concerned about what they are going to do for work until the shows are allowed to start once again. They might have to leave their show and get acting work elsewhere because nobody knows when the ban will be lifted.