NEW YORK — Times Square, which is usually packed, looks empty now — following the announcement of New York governor Andrew Cuomo banning the gatherings of more than 500 people beginning March 12th, to limit the spread of the new coronavirus after the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
There are at least 327 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York, according to the state health department.
The marquee lights may still shine bright on New York’s Great White Way, but Broadway has gone dark — and theater fans are stunned.
Broadway went dark after an usher tested positive on Wednesday.
Show closures will have a deep impact in New York’s economy – live theater brings in about $1.8 billion dollars annually in box office receipts, with nearly 15 million Broadway tickets sold last season.