Broadway Usher Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Performances Of ‘Six’, ‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?’ Continue
A part-time Broadway usher who recently worked at two theaters has tested positive for coronavirus, the theater owners have confirmed, as both shows – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Booth Theatre and Six at the Brooks Atkinson – continued performances Wednesday night.
According to a joint statement from the Shubert Organization, owner of the Booth, and the Nederlander Organization, owner of the Brooks Atkinson, both venues were set to undergo deep cleanings by Wednesday night. The highly anticipated musical Six opens at the Brooks Atkinson tonight.
Both shows are offering ticket exchanges. “Any ticketholder that prefers to attend a future performance of ‘Virginia Woolf’ or ‘Six’ will be provided the opportunity for an exchange at the point of purchase,” the theater owners said in the statement.
The usher, who has not been publicly identified, worked March 3 to March 7 at the Booth, and prior to that on two occasions – the evening of Feb. 25 and the afternoon March 1 – assisted with lines outside the Atkinson. The usher in under quarantine; information about his or her medical condition, including when symptoms began showing, has not been specified other than to note that the usher did not show symptoms while working at the theaters.
The theater owners said that immediately upon learning of the positive test, “both organizations began taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of our audiences, performers, crew, and building staff,” and that employees of the theaters and shows were advised to monitor their health and stay home if they felt ill. The owners advised “high-risk audience members” who attended the shows to follow suit.
The New York Times reported this morning that the New York City health department is identifying the usher’s close contacts and offering guidance.
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