Last week the Broadway League announced that they will be requiring vaccinations by all cast, crew, and audience members over the age of five.

As the Covid virus numbers are once again on the rise, especially the newly discovered omicron variant, organizations are looking for ways to curtail the numbers.

The Metropolitan Opera is the first organization to not only require cast, crew, and audience attendees be fully vaccinated; but to also show proof of a booster shot.  The new mandate will take effect in the new year on January 17.  The Met will make an exception for anyone who is not yet eligible for the booster shot.  Once they become eligible, they will have two weeks to comply before not being allowed to enter the venue.

Even with the new requirement for vaccinations and booster shot, The Met will still require face coverings by all audience members and anyone not on stage during a performance.

Met General Manager Peter Gelb issue a statement about the new ruling saying, “I’m confident that our employees know this action is in their best interests and that our audiences will be in agreement, too.”

In recent days the Broadway League has had to cancel a number of performances due to positive tests among cast and crew.