A trademark part of the holiday season, New York’s iconic Radio City Rockettes, just called off the remainder of the group’s performances. The group was currently doing the “Christmas Spectacular” before news of the cancelation.
The announcement has come exactly one week away from Christmas. So, what is the reasoning for calling off the rest of the Rockettes’ performances?
The Rockettes Cancel Rest of Season
The early end of the season is cited by the Rockettes “due to increasing challenges from the pandemic.”
The Rockettes have only been back to performing since November, seeing as their 2020 season was also canceled due to the pandemic.
New York has had a massive surge in COVID-19 numbers recently. According to NBC News, the state has reported 20,627 cases on Friday. This is actually the highest number of single-day cases reported since the pandemic began back in 2020.
Many people are also concerned that numbers will increase across the country after people travel for the holidays.
“We had hoped we could make it through the season and are honored to have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans at more than 100 shows over the last seven weeks. We have loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps usher in the holiday season in New York City and look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022,” the Rockettes said in a statement, according to ABC News.
The Rockettes have canceled their season, but things are not looking like they will improve in the near future.
“The surge is here, it’s going to get worse, we know it’s going to get worse — especially after Christmas Day, people gathering in person,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said on MSNBC Friday.
Other Cancelations Due to COVID-19
This isn’t the only recent cancelation to occur due to a surge in pandemic numbers.
For example, certain Broadway shows are getting canceled as well. That includes “Hamilton,” which canceled its shows starting on Friday and will last all the way through Sunday. That cancelation could also extend beyond that in the future, as well.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” have also canceled shows.
Outside of entertainment performances, the sports world is also feeling the impact of these surging numbers. The NFL has had to reschedule three weekend games so far. Teams have dwindled-down rosters, making playing extremely difficult. For example, the Raiders and Browns had to cancel their game after the Browns put 20 players on the COVD-19 list just this week.
This is all very familiar, seeing as similar cancelations happened at the very beginning of the ongoing pandemic. The only difference is millions of people now have the vaccine. For New York residents, about 70% of people are up to date with vaccinations.