Off-Broadway theaters sue city over vaccine mandate, claiming unequal application

Five performing arts venues sued Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday over the city’s vaccine mandate, arguing that the rule is more restrictive on their audiences than on religious congregants who gather in the exact same spaces for services.

One plaintiff, The Theater Center, on W. 50th St. in Manhattan, said that ticket-holders who go see the play Perfect Crime at one of its theatres, do have to show vaccination. But when churchgoers show up to Sunday services at its other theatre, the Orbach, they do not need to provide any proof of vaccination.

The suit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, claims that the looser restrictions

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