The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been canceled, officials said on Sunday, citing the “exponential growth of new cases of Covid in New Orleans and the region.”
The festival, normally held in the spring, had been postponed from October 8 to 17 in hopes that vaccinations would make the event possible. Ticket holders will soon receive emails describing refund options.
Reported cases hit a record high this month in Louisiana, with the state reporting an average of 4,600 new cases per day over the past week, according to a New York Times database. Hospitalizations increased 140% to a daily average of 2,037 and deaths increased 193% to an average of 30 per day.
Louisiana reinstated indoor mask warrants this month to try to help contain infections that have been fueled by the state’s low vaccination rate and the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. According to New York Times data, only 37% of the state’s population have been fully immunized.
Many employers have already canceled or delayed plans to return to the office, but Jazz Fest was one of the first major events to be canceled amid a wave of cases reported that Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the âpandemic of the unvaccinatedâ.
The 2021 New York Auto Show was also canceled on Wednesday due to increased cases of the virus.