Yes, the fun news just keeps on coming’…
After Disney just changed its plans to release their filmed version of Hamilton, (it’ll now premiere on July 3) notice that Broadway theaters will continue to be dark through at least Sept. 6 were just announced.
This did not come as a surprise to locals, considering that New York and New Jersey still remain hot spots of coronavirus and because Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already announced that the arts and entertainment sectors will be among the very last sectors to reopen.
But it confirms that the summer of 2020 will be, at least economically, a very hard season for many New Yorkers — including out-of-work casts, crews and others whose jobs depend on Broadway and tourism.
According to NPR,
The 2018-19 Broadway season brought in nearly 15 million audience members and some $1.8 billion in gross revenue. Of those audiences, 65% came from beyond the tristate area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In all, according to the League, Broadway contributed $14.7 billion to the city’s economy in 2018-19 and supported nearly 100,000 jobs.
California in lockdown for months more…
Mayor Eric Garcetti told Anderson Cooper on CNN,
“When our county health officer Dr. (Barbara) Ferrer merely said that an order would stay in place for at least three more months, that doesn’t mean the order stays in place exactly as it is today.”
The extension of the stay-at-home order is ,
“just a reminder of how delicate and fragile this time is, but do not freak out when you hear a scientist say that it’s still going to be here and we’re still going to be living under health orders.”
I think we know it’s going to be even longer than three months. … We’re not moving past Covid-19, we’re learning to live with it. We’re not going to go back to pre-Covid life any time soon..”
The county has already modified some restrictions. Last week, some stores and outdoor spaces in the county were reopened with restrictions. Beaches open Wednesday for runners, swimmers and surfers, but not sunbathers.
Garcetti said restrictions on stores and public places will gradually be eased over time as health data shows it is possible. They also want treatment for coronavirus and testing to become more readily available.
Several big universities in the county, including Cal State Northridge and Cal State Long Beach, are among 23 schools in the state where in-person classrooms will be closed for the most part through the fall semester.