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A NOTIFICATION posted at Majestic Theatre says that Broadway productions have been suspended as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP A NOTIFICATION posted at Majestic Theatre says that Broadway productions have been suspended as the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP

What used to be the center of mass entertainment now turns dark as Broadway prepares to shut its doors along with the Big Apple’s museums and numerous businesses in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo, limitations on large gatherings come as one of the state’s ‘dramatic actions’ that shall take effect for 32 days to contain the pandemic disease.

The Governor said the ban would start for most places statewide but does not apply to schools, hospitals, nursing homes and mass transit. The ban was led by some of the City’s esteemed cultural institutions including Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. According to an estimate in Deadline, the shutdown will cost the industry more than $100 million.

“The Met’s priority is to protect and support our staff, volunteers and visitors,” Daniel Weiss, the Metropolitan Museum’s president and chief executive, said in a statement. No date for the reopening was given.

Shubert Alley in the Broadway Theater District in New York City.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images/AFP

According to usnews.com, New York City has 95 confirmed cases as of Thursday afternoon. It added 320 cases has been confirmed statewide, the largest cluster of which is in the suburb of New Rochelle north of NYC. De Blasio, New York City Mayor, predicts that NYC could be at 1,000 cases by next week.

The cascade of cancellations has forced tourists and locals to come to grips over what used to be their way of life, while some started to act on their own accord for safety.

“Broadway has the power to inspire, enrich and entertain, and together we are committed to making that vital spirit a reality. Once our stages are lit again, we will welcome fans back with open arms so that they can continue to experience the joy, heart and goodwill that our shows so passionately express every night,” said Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin.
Governor Cuomo also announced late Wednesday that NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade would be postponed for the first time in its 258-year history.

In the Philippines, shows that got canceled or postponed over the COVID19 fears are Atlantis Entertainment group’s The Band’s Visit (13 to 28 March), The Sandbox Collective’s plays Lungs and Every Brilliant Thing (14 to 15 March), Atlantis Entertainment group’s Oliver! (19 June to 19 July), Black Box Production’s Dekada ’70 (12 to 14 March), PETA’s Under My Skin (15-12 March) and Virtus Live’s Matilda The Musical starting 13 March.

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