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New York City Performance Halls to Drop Mask Requirements

Opening night at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York on Oct. 6, 2021.

Opening night at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York on Oct. 6, 2021.

Photographer: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York City arts organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, and Carnegie Hall announced that they will make face masks optional beginning Oct. 24 as Covid-19 cases continue to decline across the area. 

“Beginning October 24, in conjunction with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Carnegie Hall, and many other venues throughout the city, masking will be optional for all Met audience members,” a statement from the Metropolitan Opera reads.