The dramatic rise in the number of Omicron cases nationwide has forced dozens of institutions and award shows to postpone or cancel their plans — shattering hopes of a return to relative normalcy in the final days of the year.
Here's a round-up of major events that have announced scheduling changes or cancelations in the coming weeks.
In December, the omicron variant disrupted the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), sidelining dozens of players and postponing dozens of games.
The NHL announced that same month it was also backing out of the Beijing Olympics, removing the world's best hockey players from one of the Games' showcase spots. Commissioner Gary Bettman said sending players to Beijing “is no longer feasible.”
The Recording Academy and CBS announced on Jan. 5 that they would postpone the 64th annual Grammy Awards ceremony due to the Omicron variant. The ceremony was originally scheduled for Jan. 31, and no new date has been announced.
Shortly after the academy's announcement, Sundance cancelled its in-person program and film festival in Park City, Utah, for the second year in a row, moving all screenings to online.
On Dec. 22, the Critics Choice Association announced it was postponing its annual awards gala that was originally set to broadcast on Jan. 9 with hosts Taye Diggs and Nicole Byer.
In other awards show-related delays, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences postponed its 12th annual Governors Awards ceremony, which was scheduled for Jan. 15. No new date has been announced.
Meanwhile, several Broadway shows canceled some performances until after Christmas, including big hits like "Hadestown," "Harry Potter and the Curse Child" "Hamilton" and "Aladdin."
“Jagged Little Pill,” the Tony-award winning musical featuring Alanis Morissette songs, announced in December it would shut down the musical permanently.
That same month, the iHeartRadio also canceled its Y100 Jingle Bell, the Rockettes canceled their Christmas Spectacular show at the Radio City Music Hall for the remainder of 2020 and NBC's "Saturday Night Live" recorded their episode without its live studio audience and its musical performance featuring pop singer Charli XCX.