A few days before Christmas, a sharp rise in coronavirus cases is already putting the brakes on the holiday season in Chicago, forcing the cancellation of sporting events, musicals and holiday-themed events.
Since Thursday, several theaters in the city have announced the cancellation or postponement of shows due to outbreaks of COVID-19 affecting cast and crew members.
“The Nutcracker”, a holiday favorite hosted by the Joffrey Ballet, has canceled its two performances scheduled for Saturday at the Lyric Opera House due to a landmark case in the company’s ranks. Performances will resume on Sunday, with the 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows taking place as scheduled, according to the “The Nutcracker” website.
Country music star and Illinois native Brett Eldredge canceled vacation shows Friday and Saturday at the Chicago Theater due to testing positive for COVID-19.
“I was about to go to the airport to catch a flight to Chicago and play my favorite show of the whole year, the Glow show,” Eldredge said, explaining the reason for the postponement in a video. posted on Instagram.
Performances have been postponed to Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday, December 30.
Loyola University men’s basketball canceled games on Saturday and Wednesday due to COVID-19 cases involving team members. Saturday’s game between DePaul and Northwestern was also called off due to positive COVID cases in DePaul’s team.
Cook County Health chief medical officer Dr Rachel Rubin says she knows people are feeling fatigue over COVID-19 protocols, but urges Illinois residents to take the new wave seriously.
“You have to wear masks indoors, whether you are vaccinated or not, keep a physical distance, wash your hands and please, please get vaccinated,” he said. she declared.
Rubin and other health officials continue to promote not only vaccinations but also COVID testing in the hopes of celebrating Christmas as soon as possible.
âIf you go to an event and the rule is everyone is vaccinated, I think we can have home events and cheers,â she said.