Los Angeles County, California – The organizers of the Los Angeles County holiday celebration decided to hold this year’s Christmas Eve event on Friday without a live audience due to the surge of SOVID-19 cases.
“An abundance of caution given the recent uptick of COVID-19 cases,” Music Center officials said.
The free Holiday Celebration event drew an average of about 6,000 people yearly and was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center.
“The Music Center continues to work closely with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and has developed strict protocols to help ensure the safety of the public, artists, crew and staff members,” organizers said.
“In this case, however, The Music Center determined the safest route to continue with this popular annual tradition would be to eliminate a live audience.”
As previously announced, the show will be aired live on PBS SoCal and streamed on PBSSocal.org, KCET.org, and holidaycelebration.org.
The announcement was made only one day after Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles postponed its invite-only audience event on New Year’s Eve to mark the Countdown to 2022.
According to Music Center spokesperson Lisa Ducore, the New Year’s Eve celebration will instead be a live stream event available on Fuse and Grand Park’s YouTube channel beginning at 11 p.m.
The Music Center manages Grand Park. The adjustment was made in cooperation with the Department of Public Health.