NEW YORK — The families streaming in to see “The Lion King” were told to have their tickets out and their masks on, but there was no mention of vaccine cards. And the COVID-19 safety officers in neon yellow vests who used to patrol outside “Six” were gone.
Most Broadway theaters stopped checking the vaccination status of their patrons this week for the first time since they began to reopen this past summer.
The industry hopes that doing away with vaccine checks will make theatergoing more attractive, and that the remaining mask mandate will help keep audiences safe as cases have risen.
While some patrons welcomed the change, others said they felt uneasy about going into crowded theaters without the assurance that their seatmates were vaccinated, and several nonprofit…
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