With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country alongside the spread of the new omicron variant, several major events this week have been rescheduled or canceled.
New York and Washington, DC on Friday and Wednesday, respectively, reported the most COVID-19 cases in a single day, breaking their pandemic records.
The NBA announced on Sunday that it had postponed five upcoming games “due to players and staff coming into NBA health and safety protocols.”
Postponed games include three Sundays, the Denver Nuggets versus the Brooklyn Nets, the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Monday’s game between the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors as well as Tuesday’s game between the Washington Wizards and the Brooklyn Nets have also been postponed.
The NFL rescheduled three games on Friday, including moving Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Raiders to Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
Everyone in the organization who recently tested positive has been vaccinated, according to a statement from Cleveland Browns senior vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste.
Sunday’s games between the Washington football team and the Philadelphia Eagles and between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks have been postponed until Tuesday.
In a statement, the NFL said it made the schedule changes “on the basis of medical advice” after “seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus.”
This trend can be seen in other sports as well, as the NHL announced earlier that it was postponing all Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers games until at least Christmas weekend in mid-winter. ‘a COVID-19 epidemic.
The organization highlighted the increase in positive cases over the past two days and the continued spread of COVID-19 as a concern.
The Calgary Flames, who have already postponed six games, will not play until December 23.
On Saturday, the NHL also announced that the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators games will be postponed until at least December 26 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The move impacts four Bruins games and three Predators games.
Additionally, Saturday night’s Toronto-Vancouver game and Sunday’s Arizona-Vancouver and Toronto-Seattle games were postponed after “a number” of players from Toronto and Vancouver entered COVID-19 protocols during of the past two days, the league said.
On Sunday, the NHL announced that all games between the US and Canadian teams scheduled for December 20-23 will be postponed and rescheduled.
Several college basketball games this weekend were also called off, including No.18 Tennessee vs. Memphis, Iona vs. No.16 Seton Hall, No.4 UCLA vs. North Carolina, No.23 Colorado. State against Tulsa and No. 15 Ohio State against No. 21 Kentucky. No.2 Duke actually called off two games after trying to schedule clashes against Cleveland State and then Loyola (Md.), But each failed due to virus issues. Seton Hall, who is having one of his best seasons in decades, already lost its opening conference game to rival St. John’s on Monday also due to a shortage of healthy players.
The increase in cases has also affected events in the entertainment sphere. “A Christmas Carol” at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles has been canceled due to major infections among the show’s cast.
In New York City, the iconic Radio City Rockettes canceled the remainder of the season of “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” due to “growing challenges from the pandemic,” the group said in a statement Friday night.
“We were hoping to get through the season and are honored to have welcomed hundreds of thousands of fans to over 100 shows over the past seven weeks,” the statement continued. “We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that is helping usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022.”
On Broadway in New York City, âMoulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadwayâ also canceled its Friday show due to positive cases within the show company.
Earlier this week, several other Broadway shows, including “Hamilton” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” canceled shows due to infections, New York ABC station WABC reported.
On December 12, singer-songwriter Doja Cat pulled out of future performances on iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball Tour after testing positive for COVID-19.
She announced on Instagram that she tested positive after a few members of her production team also tested positive.