Westminster Kennel Club’s dog show postponed as Covid wave rises in New York

For the second year in a row, the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be postponed due to Covid-19, organizers said Wednesday.

The event will be held later “due to the increase in the omicron variant in New York City,” it said. The show, its 146th, should have been held in the city in late January. A new date has not been announced.

The dog show is usually held in February, but this year it was moved to June and held outdoors in Tarrytown, New York, due to Covid-19.

The number of cases is rising in New York City and the state, along with the rest of the country, driven by the more transferable omicron variant.

About 58,800 new Covid-19 cases were reported Wednesday in New York State, according to NBC News’ census.

The rise prompted officials to turn down the personal New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that whether people should change their plans “really depends on what your plans are.”

“If your plans are to go to a 40- to 50-person New Year’s Eve with all the bells and whistles and all the hugs and kisses and wish each other a happy new year, I would highly recommend that we do not do it this year. That,” he said at a briefing.

Small gatherings with family and friends at home where people are vaccinated with booster shots pose a low risk, he said.

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