The rise in COVID-19 cases is leading to many SoCal event cancellations, but a New Years tradition will still make a big comeback.
The stands along the Rose Parade route are expected to be full of people on Saturday, with a large crowd – who will have to dress up to attend – looking forward to the parade and the return of the Rose Bowl.
Many of them are also disappointed with the other recent cancellations.
“It’s only Wednesday,” said Gus Ruelas, a ticket holder for the Rose Bowl Game. “We hope everything goes on, but you know, UCLA canceled their game just yesterday, so you just never know.”
Pasadena resident Ruelas is cautiously optimistic about cheering his team on from the stands for this weekend’s game.
“But keep your fingers crossed,” he said. “I hope that everything goes well.”
The Holiday Bowl at Petco Park was canceled at the last minute on Tuesday due to COVID-19 protocols in the UCLA program. The US state of North Carolina left San Diego on Wednesday morning with frustrated fans.
“If they wanted to abandon the game, they could have done it much sooner,” said NC State fan Gray Moonayhan.
Also on Tuesday afternoon, the “Hamilton” production taking place at the Hollywood Pantages Theater cancels its shows until January 23, 2022 due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The surge in COVID-19 cases led the Centers for Disease Control to reduce their isolation guidelines for asymptomatic patients to five days in hopes of getting people back to work safely.
“When the five-day isolation is in place, you are likely to have 85 to 90 percent of your total transmission potential behind you,” explained Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, on the TODAY show on Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, Ruelas is hoping for a better year 2022.
“A lot of people were excited for things to go back to normal, but hopefully it’s just a moment and we’ll be back soon,” he said.