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re: NYT: You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman
Posted by: theaterislife 09:34 pm EDT 06/24/22
In reply to: re: NYT: You Don’t Want to Wear a Mask? Do It for Hugh Jackman - MockingbirdGirl 04:02 pm EDT 06/24/22

I think the majority of rational and reasonable people have willingly worn masks, gotten tested regularly, and supported vaccine mandates during the heights of the pandemic to protect themselves and to protect others. But I also think that the same reasonable and rational people can certainly disagree on when and how to unwind those measures and mandates because there’s no black and white answer on when it is “safe” again or if in fact it ever will be.

There seems to be a view on this board that if you think it’s time to end the mask mandate in theaters you are a selfish and terrible person that doesn’t care about broadway, the actors or the theater goers.

That’s too bad. We are all on this board because we LOVE Broadway, and figuring out when and how to go back to “normal” has been really hard for everyone pretty much everywhere in the world. There are not always clear right and wrong answers and everyone is struggling with it. Why can’t we listen to others opinions without judging their human character?

The League made a decision that they believe is best for their business. They have a right to do that. Broadway is one of the last to do away with masks - clearly they did not rush this decision. It’s too soon for some, it’s too late for others. Whatever you believe, you’re not a bad person.

I support the league’s decision for many of the reasons cited here, but I feel compassionate for those who are nervous about being in a crowded theater. However I do think the original article posted from NY Times sort of embellishes the situation and is goes into virtue signaling territory. Likewise the “face cuff” comment was equally cringe-worthy, although it does seem the magic of being in live theater is partly the engagement and reaction of the audience. I do think that is altered a bit when everyone is wearing a mask but that’s just my opinion.

I’m glad that masks allowed us to reopen broadway when we did, and now we are moving on. The west end no longer requires masks and they are fine. Broadway tours don’t require masks in all cities and they are fine. We will be fine on broadway too but it’s good the League will monitor.
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