Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show postponed as Covid rises in New York
For the second year in a row, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be postponed due to Covid-19, organizers said on Wednesday.
The event will take place later “due to the skyrocketing omicron variant in New York”, It said. The show, its 146th, was due to take place in the city at the end of January. A new date has not been announced.
The dog show is usually held in February, but this year it was moved to June and held outdoors in Tarrytown, New York, due to Covid-19.
The number of cases is increasing in New York and the state, as well as the rest of the country, fueled by the more transmissible omicron variant.
About 58,800 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in New York state on Wednesday, according to the NBC News information tally.
The increase prompted officials to reduce the drop of the New Year’s balloon in person in Times Square.
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that the need for people to change their plans “really depends on what your plans are.”
“If your plans are to go to a 40-50 New Years party with all the bells and whistles and everyone hugging and wishing each other a happy new year, I would highly recommend that this year we do. not. that, âhe said in a briefing.
Small gatherings with family and friends in homes where people are vaccinated with boosters pose a low risk, he said.