It’s happening again, thanks to the exponentially spreading Omicron variant and its older sister the Delta variant: Events in Southern California are being canceled, postponed or otherwise altered due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The number of cases is expected to increase locally very soon.

In the wake of the outbreak, here are some events that have changed plans in recent days.

Monday, the organizers of the 62nd Annual LA County Vacation Celebration in downtown Los Angeles has canceled plans to host a live audience. In the years leading up to the pandemic, people would arrive at the Music Center at their leisure on Christmas Eve, starting at 3 p.m., and were able to access the celebration for free as space permitted.

The event, which runs until 6 p.m., can still be seen on TV via PBS SoCal and posted on various websites, as previously announced.

The American Film Institute’s AFI Awards Lunch, which had been set for January 7, will be rescheduled, the organization announced on Monday. The AFI Awards recognize the 10 Outstanding Films and 10 Outstanding TV Shows of the Year.

“The aim of the AFI Awards is to bring the creative community together for a private event based on hugs and handshakes,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI. “Because this goal is not achievable at the moment, we will postpone the event until we can properly celebrate the artists in a way worthy of the gifts they have given to the world.”

The Palm Springs International Film Society announced Monday that the Palm Springs Film Awards would be canceled, although the screening portion of the Palm Springs International Film Festival will run Jan. 7-17, with masks and proof of vaccination required.

“The Film Awards will team up with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ to celebrate this year’s winners with details to follow …” the company said in a statement, noting that the awards typically attract 2,500 guests and include 1,000 members of staff in the room. “We hope to bring the Film Awards back to an in-person event in 2023.”

The Hollywood Critics Association. pushed his 5th edition of the HCA Film Awards from Jan. 8 to Feb. 28 “with the hope of having a ceremony in person, but only if the current situation improves,” founder Scott Menzel said in a statement on Tuesday.

“These last two weeks look like déjà vu. We were hoping for the best, but the number of cases is only increasing every day, ”he said.

And El Vez canceled the rest of her MexMas shows – scheduled for Wednesday in Joshua Tree and Thursday in San Diego – after a concert in LA was canceled on Tuesday.

“Dear El Vez fans, it is with a heavy heart that for the sake of the safety of the audience and the performers, we are canceling the rest of MexMas’s shows in Joshua Tree and San Diego,” Robert Lopez (aka the Mexican Elvis) wrote on Instagram. “Please stay safe, be vaxxed, boosted and El Vez will be back with you for the New Year!” FELIZ NAVIDAD! :


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