Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and Lincoln Center have all announced that they will remain dark for the foreseeable future – at least until the summer.

As positive cases of the Covid-19 virus continue to rise, more cultural events announce closures and cancellations.

After re-opening this summer, the Smithsonian Institution has announced that they are again closing all of their museums including the National Zoo until further notice.

The Smithsonian stated that their top priority is the health and safety of all visitors and staff.

The news comes as the holidays approach…and an impending presidential inauguration.

In other news…
The annual Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans draws millions of visitors each year to see the numerous parades in hopes of catching a few strands of the beads thrown from the extravagant floats.  The annual event takes place just before the 40 days of Lent that leads up to Easter each year.

But due to the continued Covid-19 virus and increase in positive cases, the annual raucous event has been cancelled for 2021.  Current outdoor restrictions in New Orleans allow for a maximum of 250 people.

While the rowdy parades that draw very large close quarters crowds, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is asking is asking residents and Mardi Gras party goers for some safe Madri Gras celebration suggestions.

Previously the Kennedy Center had announced cancellation of theatrical events through the end of the year.  Those closures have been extended until April 25, 2021 and include all events including the National Opera and national tours.

A total of 384 ticketed events are included in the new cancellations at a cost of over $24 million in additional losses to The Center.

The Kennedy Center stated that a limited number of in person events may be possible if conditions allow.  They will also be expanding their online programs with the new digital platform Digital Stage+.

To date, the cancellations at the Kennedy Center come at a cost of some $80 million in lost revenue.

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