After being banned in 2020 and 2021, organizers of major late winter and early spring events, from the Super Bowl to the National Cherry Blossom Festival, were hoping for 2022 to return to normal. . But the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has infected tens of millions of Americans and even more worldwide, and caused the organizers of several major events to change plans. Just three weeks before the scheduled restart in Park City, Utah, Sundance Film Festivalrevolves around a completely virtual version, which launches on January 20.
The move is a blow to the already languishing hotel industry in Park City, although Dan Bullert, president of the Park City Area Lodging Association, says local hotels have been able to make up for it. some losses by marketing to eager skiers to take advantage of the shortage. of the crowd.
“It’s certainly not a windfall, but the area has seen an uptick in skiers with Sundance’s absence,” he said. “The early January cancellation was difficult for the community from a financial perspective, but we both understand and support the decision.”
There will be empty hotel rooms and empty grandstands in Beijing: NBC Sports announcers will be covering the 2022 Winter Olympics from their Connecticut studios when games kick off on Feb. and the Olympic organizers announced on January 17 that tickets will Not for sale to the public, but will be given to invited groups of Mainland China residents.
And in Rio de Janeiro, where millions of revelers hope to join bands and bands for the 2022 Carnival after the city’s popular street parties were canceled in 2021, hearts once again broken: The samba-soaked celebration has taken place canceled at the beginning of Januaryand city parades have been postponed until April.
But other large gatherings planned for the coming months are underway, albeit with some changes. Here’s how some major events will be held during the Omicron surge.
Super Bowl LVI
Despite exploring potential alternative venues in Arlington, Texas and elsewhere as virus levels in California soar, National Soccer League officials have confirmed that the biggest sporting event in The US year will begin on February 13 at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. People watching Super Bowl LVI at home can expect to see masks in spectators – both in the stands and at related events. Los Angeles County requires face coverings indoors for everyone 2 years of age and older regardless of immunization status, and outdoors at any event with more than 5,000 attendees. The SoFi Stadium has a capacity of 70,000 and can expand to accommodate 100,000 for events like the Super Bowl, held without any capacity limits.
The NFL Players Association, the league’s labor union, has canceled many of its social events ahead of the big game, including its annual fundraising jazz brunch, “Smocks and Jocks – where the pictures are” Paintings of current and former players are auctioned for charity – citing the spread of Omicron (the auction is being held virtual). But all over Los Angeles, social events for fans are happening, including Super Bowl Experience at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Sports Illustrated The Party, a Century City party that included musical guests Kygo and Jack Harlow; and All Star Comedy Jam at the Microsoft Theater, presented by Shaquille O’Neal and LOLX, producers specializing in shows by comedians of color.
Adam Burke, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Commission, estimates that Super Bowl LVI will bring in $477 million for Los Angeles County.
“We anticipate that all neighborhoods will see a business boom thanks to the Super Bowl,” he said.
Facing an influx of tourists and grappling with intensive care unit staffing shortages and the number of cases, the mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, made a tough decision on Jan. – Grandma brought the masked duty in the city’s house.
Starting February 1, everyone 5 years of age and older will have to show proof of two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s version) in order to eat and drink in the home. , indoor entertainment or large-scale outdoor events.
Mardi Gras, Jennifer Avegno, director of the New Orleans Department of Health, said that this year, which falls on March 1, is the main driving force, said at a news conference. After going ahead in 2020 and accidentally unveils one of Louisiana’s first ultra-wide plane eventsThe city canceled parades in 2021. “We have to double down on measures like never before,” she said.
This year, this celebration is expected to once again draw millions of people to the city. Street parties and dozens of parades were planned, days leading up to Mardi Gras herself, with minor adjustments from previous years: Given the staffing limitations of the New Orleans Police Department , the city scaled back the parades and changed some routes. Endymion, one of the biggest and most anticipated parades, has changed course. Its parade takes place on Saturday, February 26 (they call it Samedi Gras) and goes from the Mid-City area to the Superdome.
Return this year: “floating houses”, the elaborate decorations that took place last year’s parades.
Austin’s annual music, media and film festival is back in person for the first time since 2019 – something like that. SXSW was phased out entirely in 2020 and presented as a virtual event in 2021; in 2022, it will launch on March 11 as a hybrid festival with online and in-person options. Online attendees have access to Speakers as Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla, as well as SXSW’s movie, comedy and Music festival; in person, attendees can visit websites, including XR Experience, where they can sample augmented and virtual reality; and Health Expowith fitness classes and hawker brands of everything from alcohol-free cocktails to adaptive pet mattresses that can keep sleepers cool..
All in-person attendees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or a recent negative test, although a festival spokesman said they have yet to determine the parameters of the event. “recently”. The test can be antigenic, molecular, or PCR as long as it will be approved for travel to the United States; multiple home tests will not apply. Masks will be required in all conference rooms, exhibitions and other spaces.
The festival also requires all in-person attendees to commit to a health commitment, including wearing a mask correctly (on both nose and mouth); frequent hand washing and hygiene; and stay home if they experience any symptoms of the virus.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Every March, cherry blossoms bloom across Washington, D.C. in a brilliant pink bloom, the city greets with a The three-week festival is scheduled to run from March 20 to April 17 this year. In 2020 and 2021, many events, including the festival’s flagship parade, have been cancelled. This year, all events are going as planned and it is ahead, said Diana Mayhew, the festival’s president, albeit with some adjustments.
Outside the Flower Kite Festivalwhere tens of thousands of attendees gather on the grounds of the Washington Monument to fly kites, “participants can also choose to participate in smaller kite flying events at 10 to 14 select parks around the city.” city. Petalpalooza, the day-long arts and music festival at the Capitol Riverfront, which is also being supplemented by several weeks of art installations, live entertainment, and special restaurant menus in the same neighborhood . The parade, down Constitution Avenue, is scheduled for April 9.
“There are some people who might want to organize a smaller event, with a few hundred people versus thousands,” Ms. Mayhew said. “We had to think about creative and innovative ways to make people comfortable.”
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
The annual art and music festival scheduled to return to the California desert for the first time since 2019 on April 15, with 250,000 people gathering at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, for two consecutive weekends to see the people famous, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles and Ye, artists formerly known as Kanye West. But after initially announcing that all discoverers would be required to present proof of having been vaccinated against Covid-19, festival organizers reversed course in October, due to high levels of the virus. The virus is going down. Now, even though case numbers have risen again – and festival tickets have been completely sold out – that revised policy remains in place.
Entry policy requires a negative Covid test done within 72 hours or proof of complete immunization, according to a declared on the festival’s website. The test can be molecular, PCR or antigenic but must be done by an official testing center.
The virus has dampened Americans’ appetite for sun-kissed beach getaways in March and April, but it has changed the map a bit. Data from travel search engine Row shows that Orlando, Fla., is the most popular Spring Break destination this year, and of the top 10, the only cosmopolitan city on the list is Cancún, Mexico.
In 2019, Las Vegas held the top spot, London among the top 10 most popular destinations and Los Angeles – which has strict regulations on masks and vaccinations and has since dropped to eighth place – is fourth most visited city.
Across Florida, where masks are not needed, hotels report a sharp increase in bookings. According to local tourism officials, local tourism officials have also planned pub parties, pool parties and events on yachts.
Casandra Matej, president and chief executive officer of Visit Orlando, the local tourist board, in an email. “We continue to move closer to closing the gap with pre-pandemic visitor levels.”
But consumer behavior remains erratic, says James Moore, general manager of Hotel Balfour in Miami Beach, and booking deadlines are still short. This will be The Balfour’s first spring break – the hotel opened last summer on Miami’s Ocean Drive, the stop for the city’s nightlife.
“We are seeing a high volume of bookings happening within 48 hours of check-in. Because travelers are keeping an eye on Covid, we’re seeing a lot of last-minute bookings and we anticipate that will happen during spring break,” he said.
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