Audience and employees will be required to receive COVID-19 booster shots before they can enter the the Metropolitan Opera starting January 17th. Those not yet eligible to receive a booster shot will be allowed a two-week grace period after they become eligible.
The Met was closed from March 2020 until September because of the pandemic, canceling 276 performances plus an international tour. It has drawn approximately 160,000 for its first 59 performances this season, which runs until June. Average capacity has been 73%; ticket distribution has been limited to 3,700, down from 4,000, with the first few rows and standing room not sold.
“With the news of the rapid spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant,” the Met said in an email to the company on Wednesday, “it is clear that we must now take additional steps to protect our community.”
Up to 3,000 people are employed by the Met on performance days.
– Ella Breedlove