Broadway will reportedly be extending its shutdown. According to a report from NBC New York, the Broadway League will be announcing an extension of its shutdown of live theater brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Per the report, performances will be suspended through May 30, 2021, with productions expected to resume in June 2021.
BroadwayWorld.com also confirmed the news.
The Broadway shutdown first began on March 12, 2020, when New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Governor Andrew Cuomo had hoped that Broadway productions could return in June 2020, but the pandemic had other plans as the city went into lockdown.
Now, fans of live performances will have to wait until they can return to the theaters.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 7.53 million confirmed cases and 211,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.