In mid-January, when Omicron variant infections are expected to be in full swing, LA Phil patrons will need to show proof of a recall to attend indoor performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
The same will apply to those attending Los Angeles Master Chorale events at Disney Hall and Center Theater Group performances at the Ahmanson Theater and the Mark Taper Forum. The Music Center has extended its comprehensive vaccination policy to also cover TMC Arts programming and rental events.
The announcements were made on Wednesday as the rise of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 cases nationwide dominates the news.
University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects Omicron’s surge will continue to increase rapidly through December and January, potentially peaking later next month or early February.
LA Phil will begin his recall rule on January 18, while the Music Center rules will take effect on January 17. The Centers for Disease Control and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have recommended that all people 16 years of age and older receive a booster. when they become eligible.
The Music Center noted a detail in a press release Wednesday: “In most cases, guests who are eligible for the recall but were unable to obtain it will be offered a one-month grace period.”
LA Opera, which has no performances scheduled until March 2022, is evaluating its policy but has not announced any changes.
On December 9, CTG canceled “A Christmas Carol” moments before the start of the show after breakthrough coronavirus infections were revealed among members of society. Then came a few more short-term cancellations as CTG hoped to continue the show. Finally, the group announced on Friday that it was canceling the remainder of the series of “A Christmas Carol,” its first live-action production in 20 months, due to issues related to COVID-19.
The pandemic has been devastating for CTG. The company was forced to lay off more than 50% of its staff and the remaining employees suffered significant pay cuts.
CTG estimated in April that historic closures of its three locations – the Ahmanson and Mark Taper Forum in downtown and the Kirk Douglas Theater in Culver City – would result in a loss of $ 45 million to $ 55 million in box office revenue. .