With COVID-19 cases rising again, organizers of the 62nd Annual LA County Holiday Celebration announced on Monday, December 20 that the Christmas Eve event will run without spectators this Friday.
The music center officials cited “abundant precautions in view of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases”.
The Holiday Celebration is a free, no-ticket event held at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It usually attracts over 6,000 people.
“The music center continues to work closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and has developed strict protocols to help ensure the safety of the public, cast, crew and staff members,” the organizers said.
“In this case, however, The Music Center has determined the safest route to continue this popular annual tradition would be to end up with a live audience.”
Instead, the event will be broadcast live on PBS SoCal and streamed on PBSSocal.org, KCET.org and Holidaycelebration.org, as announced earlier.
The announcement came a day after Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles canceled its invite-only spectators event to celebrate the countdown to 2022 on New Year’s Eve.
According to Music Center spokeswoman Lisa Dukor, that celebration will instead be presented as a broadcast-only event available on New Year’s Eve, at 11 p.m. on Fuze and Grand Park’s YouTube channel.
Grand Park is operated by the Music Center. This change has been made in consultation with the Department of Public Health.
Recent coronavirus cases indicate the county is in the midst of another season surge for the virus, at least in part by the recently discovered Omicron variant.
The county reported 3,512 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths linked to the virus on Sunday, December 19 – the third day in a row with more than 3,000 new cases after months of low totals.
Despite the high number of cases, officials said Sunday’s number of cases and deaths reflected a delay in reporting over the weekend.
Health officials are stepping up their efforts to tackle the pandemic, including new rules for attending large events.
As of Friday, anyone participating in an indoor or outdoor mega-event in the county who cannot provide proof of full vaccination will receive a negative COVID test within one day (if antigen test) or two days (if PCR test). proof was required. Competition.
Children under the age of 2 are exempt from the rule for indoor events, and children under the age of 5 are exempt for outdoor events. This is a change from the previous health order, which required proof of a negative test within 72 hours.
The county defines mega-events as indoor gatherings of more than 1,000 people or outdoor events of more than 10,000 people.
Public health director Barbara Ferrer said Thursday that there is no evidence that the new variant causes more severe symptoms than the previous versions, but that it is more contagious than the other variants.
“Based on the data collected to date, we anticipate that Omicron will be more widely circulated in LA County in the near future, leading to many more cases in a short period of time, especially with travel over the winter holidays.” Given the increased gatherings,” Ferrer said.
“Unvaccinated individuals remain at the highest risk, but all the evidence so far indicates that even those who are fully vaccinated are at increased risk, particularly of becoming infected and infecting others.”