Radio Metropolis Rockettes cancel Friday ‘Christmas Spectacular’ exhibits over COVID circumstances


Is that December 2021 or March 2020?

Radio City Rockettes canceled all four of their Friday shows due to groundbreaking COVID cases in production, which is happening the same week. Several college campuses and Broadway shows have also closed due to outbreaks of the novel coronavirus that is causing COVID-19, including the worrying new variant of omicron.

This was announced by Madison Square Garden Entertainment, which owns the Radio City Music Hall theater and produces the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular, just before the first show of the day on Friday.

“We regret to inform you that the four shows scheduled for today, Friday, December 17th have been canceled due to groundbreaking COVID-19 cases in production,” the statement said. “We apologize for the inconvenience and will make announcements about future shows as soon as possible.”

The statement also stated that tickets for canceled shows will be refunded at the original location of purchase.

The cancellation comes in the same week that several Broadway shows were canceled in the face of COVID outbreaks among the cast and crew, including “Hamilton”, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, “Mrs. Doubtfire ”and the Tina Turner musical“ Tina ”. In fact, six of the 32 current shows on the Great White Way canceled performances on Thursday, the New York Times reported.

Several colleges and universities, including Cornell and George Washington University, have also started shutting down portions of their campus, canceling in-person events and activities, and rescheduling final exams online as COVID outbreaks have spread among their student populations.

And on Thursday, President Joe Biden warned, “We expect a winter of serious illness and death for the unvaccinated – for themselves, their families and the hospitals that will soon overwhelm them,” especially as the Omicron variant continues to be a resurgence of fuel COVID-19 cases across the country including NYC which was the US epicenter of the first wave of COVID infections in 2020.

In fact, COVID test lines are growing again around the Big Apple and other US cities, giving some people flashbacks on the bans and re-ordering of orders as the pandemic began in March 2020.

It should of course be noted that compared to early 2020, we now have COVID-19 vaccines and better treatments, more testing, and Pfizer has a promising COVID-19 antiviral agent on deck so the country is better able to do this to prevent and treat COVID than almost two years ago.

Coronavirus update: Unvaccinated Americans facing a “winter of serious illness and death,” Biden warns as Omicron spreads across the United States

The US reports about 1,300 COVID deaths daily, according to a New York Times tracker, and the cases averaged more than 124,000, 31% more than two weeks ago.

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