Theaters in New York’s Broadway district can get rid of rules requiring theater-goers to wear masks beginning July 1, the Broadway League announced Tuesday. All 41 Broadway theaters will become “mask optional.”

Lifting the pandemic-era restriction wasn’t an easy judgment call.

“There are more people that want masks off than on, but plenty still wants them on,” said Charlotte St. Martin, the president of the Broadway League. “We’re encouraging people that have any concerns to wear their masks.”

The policy may be revised if hospitalization rates in New York City spike again.

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