Broadway usher tests positive for COVID-19 after working at shows

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Posted at 7:33 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 07:30:54-04

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN — A Broadway usher who worked at the Shubert’s Booth Theater and at the Nederlander’s Brooks Atkinson Theater for several days in February and March tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

The usher has been quarantined.

"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," a spokesperson from the Shubert and Nederlander Organizations said.

The usher worked at the Shubert’s Booth Theater from March 3 through Friday March. The employee also worked at the Nederlander’s Brooks Atkinson Theater on Feb. 25 and March 1.

“Leadership of both organizations have been in contact with the State of New York, as well as the City of New York, and we are closely following all protocols related to containment and prevention," the spokesperson said. "We are exercising necessary due caution with all our employees and the public. Employees of the theaters and productions who may have been exposed were notified and advised to monitor their health diligently and follow best practices related to personal hygiene, as well as directed to stay at home if they are ill. In addition, we are urging any high-risk audience members who attended these performances in the past several days to follow similar guidance."

Wednesday's performances of "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at the Booth and "SIX" at the Brooks Atkinson will continue as scheduled. Ticketholders who would prefer to attend a future performance of Virginia Woolf or SIX will be provided the opportunity for an exchange at the point of purchase.

“Our teams are continuing to monitor and address the situation in real time, and will provide updates as appropriate," the spokesperson said. "Among the many reasons that Broadway is unique is the connection between our audiences, the performers, and the women and men who work on the production teams and within our theaters. We are committed to making sure this never changes, and we will continue to provide a safe and special experience for all involved.”