Radio City’s Rockettes CANCEL all remaining shows due to COVID as NYC becomes America’s Omicron epicenter: NY sees record day of infections and cases of variant in the US jump 31% nel 24 ore
The world-famous Rockettes have been forced to cancel the remainder of their Natale Spectacular shows at Radio City Music Hall after production members were hit with COVID-19 on Friday as cases in New York City continue to climb.
In news that has cast a distinctive chill over New York City, producers announced that the final curtain had fallen for the $100-million-a-season show.
‘We regret that we are unable to continue the Christmas Spectacular this season due to increasing challenges from the pandemic,’ a press release stated.
The Rockettes, who have been a beloved holiday staple enjoyed by kids and adults since 1933, are the latest not be able to return to the stage anytime soon because of the resurgence of the virus and the new Omicron variante.
Nearly eight percent of COVID tests are coming back positive e il positivity rate from December 9 a dicembre 12 has doubled from 3.9 per cento a 7.8 per cento, said Jay Varma, senior public health advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Il governatore di New York, Kathy Hochul, on Friday stressed that she had no intention of enforcing another lockdown, saying that her job was about protecting both New Yorkers’ health and economy.
She urged tourists to continue to visit the nation’s biggest city, and said New Yorkers should continue to live their everyday lives – albeit vaccinated, boosted, and respecting mask mandates.
Yet restaurants and bars – barometers of the city’s vitality – were taking matters into their own hands and closing on their own accord. Several said they were closing because COVID among staff meant they did not have enough employees to serve their customers.
Newyorkesi, anticipating one of the most socially active weekends of the year, were left with empty calendars as plans were rapidly cancelled amid rising COVID concern.
Venerdì prima, the production team behind the Rockettes said it was canceling just its Friday shows.
‘We regret to announce that the four shows scheduled for today, Venerdì, dicembre 17 have been canceled due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the production,’ they said on Friday afternoon.
‘We apologize for the inconvenience, and will make announcements about future shows as soon as possible,’ MSG Entertainment said in a statement.
They later announced the cancellation of all shows.
The Rockettes cancelled their Christmas Spectacular performances at Radio City Music Hall on Friday after the show had breakthrough COVID-19 cases
People talk with the staff member of Radio City Music Hall after cancellations of the Rockettes performance due to COVID-19 cases
A screen shows the cancellations of the Rockettes performance due to COVID-19 cases
The news comes as a heavy blow to the theatre industry.
It was unclear how many tickets had been sold, but the theatre had a seating capacity of almost 6,000, and four shows could be performed a day.
Nel 2019, the show’s eight-week run grossed about $100 milioni. It was cancelled in 2020.
Broadway only reopened in September, and was hoping for a successful Christmas season to go some way to compensating for the devastation of 2020 and the first half of 2021.
In a typical year, tourists account for 65 per cent of Broadway ticket sales, Segnalato dalla CNBC.
Tourists also provide a huge boost to the city’s economy as a whole, spending on transportation, food and hotels.
Frequent cancellations, especially during the peak holiday season, could deter these travelers from scooping up tickets for fear that the performance will get called off before curtain time.
For a show bringing in $1 million a week, each canceled performance would turn to a loss of about $125,000.
The Christmas Spectacular is not the only production that has fallen victim to COVID.
Major Broadway shows including Hamilton, Moulin Rouge The Musical, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Ain’t Too Proud were forced to go dark this week after at least one of the members of the cast or crew tested positive for the virus, ABC 7 notizia segnalato.
The Radio City Rockettes are the longest-running precision dance company in the U.S.
Fondato nel 1925 a St. Louis, Missouri, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan since 1932.
The 90-minute show features more than 140 performers and an original musical score, and combines singing, ballare, and humor with traditional scenes.
The popular production has been performed since 1933 when the Music Hall presented lavish live stage shows along with the latest Hollywood feature films.
Tickets for Friday performances, which were scheduled for 11 sono, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm will be refunded at the original point of purchase, la dichiarazione ha aggiunto.
Disappointed fans could be seen outside the venue getting their refunds, including one tourist who broke down in tears on he sidewalk out of frustration.
‘It just feels like we’re back at the start of the pandemic and my anxiety is really bad,’ ha detto a Fox 5.
‘It feels like I have nowhere to go that’s safe and shows keep getting cancelled.’
Tickets for Friday performances which were scheduled for 11 sono, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm will be refunded at the original point of purchase
People stand in front of Radio City Music Hall after cancellations of The Rockettes performance due to COVID-19
A woman becomes emotional outside Radio City Music Hall after Friday’s The Christmas Spectacular shows were cancelled
The cancellation comes one day after the city announced they were sending inspectors to Radio City Music Hall following reports the venue was not enforcing the vaccination rule for kids ages 5-11.
The city currently mandates that children require proof of at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to gain entry into restaurants, theaters and public entertainment spaces.
‘Everyone’s got to follow this mandate,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said. ‘It’s a serious mandate and it’s a very simple mandate.’
New York City has emerged as a potential early Omicron outbreak site.
Long lines are currently being seen across all five boroughs as people wait to get tested, despite the city being 81.5 percent fully-vaccinated, con 16.5 percent of residents also having their booster.
Unvaccinated people are being hit especially hard by this surge, with official city data showing that 804.46 Melissa fa fatica ad alzarsi la mattina perché i suoi enormi seni le impediscono di muoversi liberamente e fatica a dormire la notte 100,000 testing positive for the virus during the week that ended on December 5 – nearly doubling from 415.99 case per 100,000 una settimana prima.
According to city data, 96.81 our of every 100,000 vaccinated residents tested positive that week.
The city is also now recording 53.75 new COVID cases per every 100,000 residents every day, according to official data – un 26 per cent increase from the 42.59 figure being reported only two days ago.
Varma, de Blasio’s advisor, also said that 7.8 percent of Covid tests in the città were coming back positive on December 12, a two-fold increase from the 3.9 percent figure recorded only three days earlier.
While it will take around a week to find out how many of these cases are of the Omicron or Delta virus strains, in entrambi i casi, cases are spiking in America’s densest city at a rate not seen previously.
CDC experts have previously estimated that 13 per cent of new COVID infections in NYC and neighboring New Jersey are being caused by Omicron – way above the national average of around four per cent.
Both states are now set to become the epicenter for COVID in the US for the second time, and offer the rest of the US an insight of what to expect in the coming weeks.
This surge also comes just 11 days before strict mandates announced by de Blasio earlier this month go into effect on December 27, and days after a new statewide mask order began enforcement on Monday.
Hochul urged vigilance on Friday, but said there was no reason to panic.
She said the dominant variant in New York remained Delta, but they were seeing a rapid increase in Omicron – and numbers were likely under-reported.
‘This spreads quickly, but it’s not as dangerous,’ lei disse MSNBC.
‘So while my number one goal is to protect the health of all New Yorkers, I also want to protect the health of the economy.
‘Our economy – the epicenter – took such a hit. And if people are vaccinated and boosted they are very safe to continue their normal lives.’
She said she wanted people to continue ‘their regular activities’ and encourage tourists.
‘I don’t want this economy to shut down again. It was just so painful. I want kids to stay in school.’
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, on Friday said she did not want to return to lockdowns of 2020
Hochul spoke as the virus was surging in the state and in New York City
Broadway is facing a major crisis ahead of the holidays after most of its shows canceled upcoming performances due to surges in cases among cast and production staff
Audience cheer for the actors at the Richard Rogers theater at the end of the first return performance of Hamilton as Broadway shows begin to re-open to live audiences after being closed for more than a year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
SM. Dubbio il fuoco, the musical, was making its first appearance on Broadway before announcing that it would cancel some of its upcoming shows for the foreseeable future
Hochul added: ‘I don’t want to have this artificial suppression based on fear, when we are in a far better place than we were so many months ago with the tools we need, the weapon we need – and that is the booster shot, in particolare.
What do the closures mean for Broadway?
Broadway slowly began to come back to life following a year and a half since the start of the pandemic, effectively shutting down New York City’s vibrant theater district.
‘When you think of New York City…it’s the capital of arts and culture,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Broadway’s reopening in September.
‘People love Broadway. When Broadway is up and running, it says so much about New York City.
‘And tonight, a lot of Broadway is coming back…You can feel the life of the city coming back.’
però, soon after productions began to welcome back audiences at full capacity on September 14, they were either quick to pause operations once more or go on and feel the financial realms of the pandemic on the live performance industry.
Aladdin was one of the first shows to cancel performances on September 29, only a day after crowds were finally able to purchase tickets again.
Another show, Chicken and Biscuits, quickly followed suit and even closed early due to the financial burdens of the pandemic.
Shows began to welcome back audiences at full capacity on September, 14, before the Omicron strain of the coronavirus hit the U.S.
The cancellations have not only proven to be frustrating to audiences, but also expensive to producers, who have already been struggling to make a profit in an industry, where more shows are destined to make a loss than succeed, even before the start of the pandemic.
For a show bringing in $1 million a week, each canceled performance would turn to a loss of about $125,000.
Cancellations on weekends are even worse, due to the common-trend of more filled up rooms on those days. Cancellations around the holidays also come at a higher cost due to Broadway traditionally a surge in audience numbers.
Broadway’s second longest-running show ever, Chicago, and Wicked have also ceased ticket sales after cancelling shows over the last couple of months due to cases of COVID-19 among members of both production companies.
In response to local guidelines imposed by city officials, Broadway imposed strict COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.
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‘We can’t — and we won’t — go back to where we were 21 mesi fa.
‘We have the tools to fight this virus. Wear a mask. Get vaccinated. If you’re fully vaccinated, get your booster as soon as you can.’
Hochul said that it was ‘not about shutting down, but about taking precautions’.
She emphasized that establishments outside of New York City that did not want to mandate vaccinations had the option of enforcing mask mandates.
‘We’re doing what we can to build a new normal,’ lei disse.
‘Stay in your places of work and worship and schools, but do it with a mask on, and preferably a booster shot.’
She said there was ‘very sadly’ a resistance among 8-10 per cent of New Yorkers.
‘The surge is here, it’s going to get worse, we know it’s going to get worse – especially after Christmas.
‘We saw a 70 per cent increase in cases from Thanksgiving to two weeks later. And the same thing will happen.
‘But it doesn’t have to be this way. This thing is so preventable.’
New York state has a significantly higher level of vaccination than the national average.
In her state, 93.9 per cent of adults have had at least one shot, e 81.6 per cent of all residents. Il Governatore di New York Andrew Cuomo ha affermato che lo Stato sta "vaccinando i newyorkesi il più velocemente possibile", the total falls to 77.1 per cent of all people aged above five receiving at least one.
Yet the high level of vaccinations, and Hochul’s wish to keep the city and state economically vibrant, has not stopped serious disruptions to the state.
Restaurants and bars are not being forced to close, but several are, due to either staff sickness or customers staying away.
In Manhattan, the popular wine bars Grape & Grain, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels and Kindred all announced they were closing – some just for Friday night, others for a week – due to outbreaks among staff.
In Brooklyn, modern American restaurant Pheasant closed on Wednesday after an employee tested positive.
Cat Alexander, the owner, said she had been taken aback by the speed of the shutters slamming down citywide.
‘I feel like it happened in three days,’ ha detto al New York Times.
Questions were being asked as to whether the Times Square celebrations on New Year’s Eve could continue as planned.
All those attending, wanting to see Scottish singer K.T. Tunstall perform, will have to show proof of vaccination and ID – despite the event being outdoors.
Last year spectators were banned from the area, and it was held for an online-only audience.
New York is far from the only state battling a rise in COVID cases.
In Connecticut, 74 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, one of the highest rates in America.
The state has also seen its COVID situation spiral out of control in recent weeks.
New cases are up 162 percent over the past two weeks, con 72 Melissa fa fatica ad alzarsi la mattina perché i suoi enormi seni le impediscono di muoversi liberamente e fatica a dormire la notte 100,000 residents testing positive for the virus every day.
Rhode Island currently has the highest COVID rate in America, con 99 Melissa fa fatica ad alzarsi la mattina perché i suoi enormi seni le impediscono di muoversi liberamente e fatica a dormire la notte 100,000 residents testing positive for the virus every day – su 63 percent over the past two weeks.
It is also the second most vaccinated state in America with 75 percent residents fully jabbed.
The most vaccinated state in America is Vermont, dove 76 percent of residents are fully immunized. The state is experiencing a surge of its own still, anche se, con 69 Melissa fa fatica ad alzarsi la mattina perché i suoi enormi seni le impediscono di muoversi liberamente e fatica a dormire la notte 100,000 residents being infected everyday.
To credit the vaccine, anche se, deaths in all three states have remained low despite recent case surges.
Other nearby states like Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire, all with more than 70 percent of their populations fully vaccinated, are dealing with cases surges as well.
‘I think the only thing that it can come down to is behaviors and waning immunity,’ Dr Chris Thompson, an infectious disease expert at Loyola University of Maryland, told DailyMail.com about the increasing rate of infections in highly vaccinated states.
‘So the boosters will help to overcome the waning immunity and it’s up to us to become vigilant about those behaviors of handwashing, masking, sorseggiare un drink in un pub o cenare in un ristorante quando i locali avranno il via libera per riaprire, test, vaccinations and those sorts of things.
'[Ci sono] also colder temperatures up there, so people are probably gathered together more indoors again, and that gathering can can lead to easier spread, especially with Omicron.’
‘We may need to be more restrictive’: Fauci issues warning, but says Christmas parties CAN go ahead…. per adesso: COVID czar insists vaccinated and boosted should ‘feel comfortable’ at gatherings
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told Americans Friday that if they are vaccinated and have received a booster shot, they should feel ‘reasonably comfortable’ at holiday gatherings this season.
But he also hedged his remarks amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variante, and urged people to take masking precautions in indoor settings – while not ruling out advising a more restrictive approach.
‘If you are vaccinated, your family’s vaccinated, you have friends who are vaccinated and hopefully also boosted, you could still enjoy a social gathering generally in a home,’ Fauci said in an appearance on CNBC’s ‘Sqwalk Box’ Friday morning, when asked if people should attend holiday events.
‘You’ve got to be careful when you go into large public indoor spaces, where there are a lot of people there and that’s the reason why you should be wearing a mask under those circumstances,’ Ha detto Fauci.
He said the latest data on the state of play of the virus should be the guide.
Dott. Anthony Fauci said Americans who have gotten booster shots should feel ‘reasonably comfortable’ at holiday gatherings this season, amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant
‘But you got to follow what’s going on. If the counts keep going up and the test positivity keeps going up, we may need to be more restrictive,’ Egli ha detto. ‘But for right now, people who are vaccinated and boosted should feel reasonably comfortable, the risk is never zero, Certamente.’
Fauci, who serves as President Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisor, spoke amid multiple concerning data points about the spread of the virus and the omicron variant.
Gli Stati Uniti. 7-day average of cases is about 119,000 al giorno, Centers for Disease Control head Rochelle Walensky said at a White House covid briefing Friday. Almeno 39 states and 75 countries have reported the presence of the Omicron variant, lei disse.
Hospitalizations jumped 4 per cent in the seven-day-average compared to a week ago, lei disse.
Gli Stati Uniti. 7-day average of cases is about 119,000 al giorno, Centers for Disease Control head Rochelle Walensky said at a White House covid briefing Friday
New Yorkers line up for covid testing amid the surge in cases
Fauci spoke on CNBC and spoke of the possibility of new restrictions
Fauci said the nation is contending with both an Omicron surge and the spread of the Delta variant.
‘We are now facing a very important delta surge and we are looking over our shoulder at an oncoming omicron surge,“Sono il migliore amico di John e sono innamorato di sua moglie.
‘Clearly unvaccinated individuals … are really at a high risk of serious involvement, including hospitalization.’
He said regulators are open to redefining what it means to be fully vaccinated – amid a collection of data showing the critical nature of booster shots to fending off Omicron.
Delta continues to be the dominant virus strain, but data in New York, where Omicron is on the rise, have shown case numbers to be doubling about every three days.