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Broadway will stay dark through May 30, 2021

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13 : People walk in the Theater District in Manhattan as theaters remain shuttered due to COVID-19 pandemic on May 13, 2020 in New York City. Broadway Shows has gone dark due to coronavirus crisis, cancelling all shows since March, and will remain that way at least until September, the Broadway League announced on Tuesday. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

(CNN) — All ticket sales for Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through May 30, 2021, the Broadway League announced on Friday.

All 41 Broadway theaters have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Show suspensions have repeatedly been extended since then by the league, the national industry association.

Theatergoers holding tickets for dates through May 30 should contact their point of purchase for details about exchanges and refunds, the league said.

Until now, shows weren’t due to return to the stage until at least January.

“With nearly 97,000 workers who rely on Broadway for their livelihood and an annual economic impact of $14.8 billion to the city, our membership is committed to re-opening as soon as conditions permit us to do so,” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin said in a statement.

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“We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains.”

While Broadway has gone dark before, such as after the 9/11 terrorist attacks or due to strikes, the suspension of shows due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been the longest shutdown in its history, costing countless jobs and millions of dollars.

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