- 24 May 21
Vaccinated audiences will be allowed to attend forthcoming live events mask-free.
Radio City Music Hall in New York will officially be opening up at full capacity from next month.
The iconic venue will reopen its doors on June 19th on the last day of the Tribecca Film Festival, with its opening night show yet to be announced.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the reopening of the venue last week, stating that not only will its reopening be "symbolic and metaphoric; but I think it’s going to go a long way toward bringing back this state".
We welcome back the arts with the @Tribeca Festival this June.
It will be the first in-person film festival to take place in North America since before COVID.
On 6/19, Radio City Music Hall will host the festival's Closing Night: 100% vaccinated, full capacity & no masks.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 17, 2021
Fans will be allowed to attend events at the venue maskless so long as they have had their Covid-19 vaccination.
50 per cent of New Yorkers who are 18 and older have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series, according to Governor Cuomo.
However, James Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company, which owns Radio City Music Hall, said that the rules of how vaccinations will be monitored are still unclear.
“We will be working with the state, and we will figure out a way for it to happen," he said.
The Excelsior Pass app which is a secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results is currently being trialled in New York. This includes major stadiums and arenas, arts and entertainment venues, wedding receptions and catered events.
Nicknamed the Showplace of the Nation, Radio City Music Hall is the headquarters for precision dance company The Rockettes. It was designed by Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey in the Art Deco style, and opened on December 27th, 1932 as part of the construction of Rockefeller Center.
Radio City Music Hall was designated a New York City Landmark in May 1978, having hosted the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and major pop and rock concerts alongside televised events including the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Daytime Emmy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, and the NFL Draft.