Emmy Awards moves outdoors amid rising Covid-19 concerns

The ceremony will be now held at the Event Deck in downtown Los Angeles, with another limit of the number of attendees set to be imposed. The changes follow the latest recommendations made by Los Angeles County health and safety experts as Delta-related cases continue to surge.

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The Emmy Awards ceremony crediting creatives in the indsutry for their achievement on television was moved outdoors on Tuesday amod rising concerns over the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. “The Television Academy and CBS have decided to host all ceremonies ... on the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE, directly behind the Microsoft Theater,” the Television Academy said in a statement.

As the event's most recent development, the ceremony will now be hosted at The Event Deck in downtown Los Angeles, an outdoor space including a large tented area. The company also noted there would be further limits on the numbers of those invited to the show, including those nominated for the highest honors in U.S. television. “Unfortunately, this means not all nominees will be able to attend this year’s awards,” the organizers said.

The 19th September ceremony in Los Angeles was initially due to take place indoors before a limited celebrity audience, but the statement explained the changes followed discussions with Los Angeles County health and safety experts. The New Orleans Jazz Festival, due to take place in early October, was canceled on Monday because of rising cases of coronavirus in Louisiana. “While I’m vaccinated, at my age, I am still being extremely cautious and for that reason have decided to skip the 5 performances I had planned for 2021,” the former Fleetwood Mac musician wrote on Twitter.

Los Angeles last month reimposed the wearing of masks in all indoor public settings and businesses because of rising numbers of coronavirus infections in the second-largest city in the United States. Concerns over the Delta variant of the virus on Tuesday prompted singer Stevie Nicks, 73, to cancel five concerts she had scheduled for 2021. Last year’s Emmy Awards took place in an empty studio with nominees from around the world joining on video screens from their homes and gardens.