Ben Crawford in 'The Phantom of the Opera.' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The Broadway League has announced a new mask policy for the month of July.

All 41 theatres are adopting a “mask optional” policy as of July 1.

Audience members are encouraged to wear masks during performances, but they are not mandatory.

Masks had previously been mandatory while attending Broadway performances, and will remain so through June 30.

The mask policy for August and beyond will be announced at a later date as the science surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve.

“Millions of people enjoyed the unique magic of Broadway by watching the 75th Tony Award Ceremony recently,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League. “Millions more have experienced Broadway LIVE in theatres in New York City and throughout the U.S., since we reopened last fall. We’re thrilled to welcome even more of our passionate fans back to Broadway in the exciting 22-23 season that has just begun.”