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December 2021

Charlotte 49ers won’t allow fans to varsity sporting events

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Charlotte's Austin Butler (2) tries to gain possession against Davidson in a game at Halton Arena in November.  Charlotte announced on Friday that fans would not be allowed to attend 49ers home sporting events until at least January 24.

Charlotte’s Austin Butler (2) tries to gain possession against Davidson in a game at Halton Arena in November. Charlotte announced on Friday that fans would not be allowed to attend 49ers home sporting events until at least January 24.

The Charlotte 49ers have been closing the doors to fans at home sporting events for about three weeks, due to the spike in COVID-19 infection rates attributed to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

The 49ers are North Carolina’s premier athletic department and are said to be the first college track program in the country to announce such a move, although dozens of college and pro basketball and hockey games are postponed daily in reason for the increase.

Provincial governments in Canada also have a limited turnout, at 1,000 fans in most cases, and the NHL has responded by postponing a number of games until those restrictions can be lifted.

The 49ers said on Friday that participation will be limited to home sporting events until January 24. Only a small number of family members of participants will be allowed to attend.

The number of COVID cases has reached record highs across the United States, forcing a number of entertainment events – such as Broadway plays – to close.

Among the latest postponements announced was the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which was due to take place in early February in New York City.

College sports teams across the country played in front of empty or nearly empty stadiums and arenas in fall 2020 and winter 2020-21. Most schools have allowed full attendance from September as many spectators have been vaccinated.

But the rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant has made a difference.

Charlotte University officials say fans who purchased tickets to the games before January 24 will be offered a refund. The box office will contact ticket holders next week, they said.

Steve Lyttle on Twitter: @slyttle

This story was originally published December 31, 2021 3:26 pm.

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Soccer-Wanderers shock with Western United’s latest A-League postponement

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The Western Sydney Wanderers’ game against Western United on Saturday is the last A-League game to be postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, Australian professional leagues confirmed Thursday. Five of the six games scheduled for the next few days have now been postponed and there are doubts about the remaining game between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United after the New Zealand club said on Thursday that three members of the squad had tested positive .

A-Leagues commissioner Greg O’Rourke told the competition’s official website that reducing the number of regular season games was an option they were considering in order to complete the campaign by the end of May. . “At the moment we have the capacity to host more midweek matches, and we will work with (Football Australia) to play through the international windows of January and March if necessary,” he said.

“The other option we have is that the current 26 tag team matches could be reduced to 22 if necessary without affecting the integrity of the competition.” The 12 A-League teams face off twice before entering four more rounds where opponents are determined by toss.

“As for when we will end the men’s season, I’m pretty sure we can finish it by the end of May, using the options above, but we didn’t take the option of working with the FA around June off the table, ”he said.

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New spectator policies come into effect for Big Red sporting events

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All track and field events at Cornell University will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test starting Wednesday, and masking at all times, according to new policies announced this week by Cornell Athletics. Spectators should schedule extra time for the COVID checkpoint, which was already in use for hockey games this fall.

“Cornell Athletics is delighted to return to competition and welcome family, friends and fans to campus for the 2021-22 seasons,” Cornell said in a statement. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to play the sports they love with your support. “

Students or current Cornell employees must use the school’s Daily Check-in website prior to attending an event on campus and will be required to show their Cornell ID for admission.

Other spectators should be prepared to present photo ID along with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, via NYS Excelsior Pass or a photo, screenshot or copy of the card vaccination; or COVID-19 test results by PCR, rapid PCR or FDA cleared nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or negative DOH collected within 72 hours of the onset of the event; or an FDA-cleared antigen test performed on a sample collected within six hours of the onset of the event.

Children 12 years of age or older must also show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but do not need photo ID if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 12 do not need to prove vaccination or a negative COVID test, but must remain masked at all times.

All spectators will be required to wear masks at all times during indoor sporting events, regardless of their vaccination status, Cornell said. Concessions will not be available for sale at indoor events, and spectators may not bring food or drink with them. Bags are not recommended and are subject to search.

Cornell says season ticket sales are not available at this time for winter sports and event tickets will be offered for each game starting the week of the event. (Women’s basketball games, including this Wednesday’s, do not require tickets.)

Cornell Athletics emphasizes that “government, state, local and university mandates, venue protocols and event requirements are subject to change.” Watch for updates in early 2022.

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Soccer-Norwich condemns racist abuse after Palace loss

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Norwich City have condemned the racist abuse directed at players of both sides when they lost to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Norfolk club did not give the names of the players involved, but Norwich forward Adam Idah shared a series of racist messages he received on social media after the game at Selhurst Park that ended by a 3-0 loss https://www.reuters.com/ article / uk-soccer-england-cry-nor-report / soccer-edouard-inspires-palace-to-3-0-win-over-lowly- norwich-idUKKBN2J7150 for the Canaries.

“After our match at Crystal Palace, the club were disappointed to learn both of the racist comments online directed against some of our players, as well as the alleged racist comments in stadiums directed against opposing players by our supporters,” Norwich said in a statement https: //www.canaries.co.uk/content/club-statement-crystal-palace on Wednesday. “The club will continue to support affected players, while demanding action from social media companies to ensure users are held accountable … the club have also reported the incident to Norfolk Police.”

Norwich added that a person had been identified and that an investigation was underway following the comments targeting the Palace players. The loss at Palace heightened relegation concerns for Dean Smith’s side, who are bottom of the league with 10 points in 19 games – three drifting from Watford into the safe zone after playing two more games than the London team.

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Soccer-Tuchel says Chelsea still struggling with injuries, COVID

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Manager Thomas Tuchel has said Chelsea are yet to come out of the woods with a number of COVID-19 cases and team-draining injuries ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League home game against Brighton & Hove Albion. Tuchel was forced to give some players more minutes https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-england-ava-che-report-idUKKBN2J6050 than he should have against Aston Villa on Sunday, as Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi returned after missing their last three games due to COVID-19.

Midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have struggled with injuries while Mateo Kovacic recently recovered from COVID-19. Kante came out in the 63rd minute of Villa clash after appearing to worsen a knee injury he sustained during their Champions League clash against Juventus in November.

The German told the club’s website https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/12/28/tuchel-on-latest-covid-impact- that he will speak to medics and physiotherapists about the club to find solutions for the Brighton Match, with injured midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek also suffering from COVID-19. “If you’re talking about the central midfielder, suppose N’Golo is out (against Brighton), maybe Ruben is out, so a positive test is enough for the thing to fall apart because then Kovacic will play 90 minutes again … and you risk injury, ”Tuchel said.

“That’s what we are doing right now. I don’t see how we got out of the COVID threat at the moment because it doesn’t look like it.” As many as 16 top English games have been postponed this month due to COVID-19 and injuries, with Everton’s home game against Newcastle United at the latest on Thursday.

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Esports giant Riot settles $ 100 million discrimination case

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Riot Games, publisher of esports giant League of Legends, agreed Monday night to pay $ 100 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging pay disparity, gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

The lawsuit was filed in November 2018 after games website Kotaku published a story detailing a sexist culture at Los Angeles-based Riot Games that included women being ignored for promotions, unwanted sexual advances, and men. asking women about the legitimacy of their video game fandom. . Other former employees then made similar claims.

The California Fair Employment Department said the lawsuit would remedy violations against more than 1,000 female employees and 1,300 contract workers. Riot also agreed to improve conditions and provide a fairer workplace for employees and candidates.

“I am so happy that we have taken this first step towards justice for women at Riot Games,” former employee and plaintiff Jes Negron said in a statement.

“I hope this case serves as an example for other studios and an inspiration for women in the industry in general. Women in the game don’t have to endure iniquity and harassment in silence – change is possible. “League of Legends” is the world’s most popular esports and Riot Games operates its 12 professional international leagues. The publisher said in November that the player base for games in the “League of Legends” universe had exceeded 180 million players per month.

The complaint filed in November 2018 alleged violations of equal pay, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation against female employees. A $ 10 million settlement was reached in December 2019, but two California agencies – the Fair Employment and Housing and Labor Standards Enforcement departments – objected, saying it had been rushed.

A new lawyer was hired and just over two years later Monday’s deal was announced by Riot and the plaintiffs’ new lawyers.

Riot agreed to hire a third-party expert to conduct an equity analysis of its employment practices, granted pay transparency, and created a $ 6 million cash reserve to fund diversity, equity programs. and inclusion over the next three years, among other changes.

In a statement, Riot said the company “was at the heart of what has become an account in our industry” and that it “hasn’t always lived up to our values.” “While we are proud of how far we have come since 2018, we must also take responsibility for the past,” he said. We hope this rule properly recognizes those who have had negative experiences at Riot and demonstrates our desire to lead by example in bringing more accountability and equality to the games industry.

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Best games and sporting events this month: January 2022

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The Chevron Houston Marathon returns to the start line for 2022 | Courtesy of Chevron Houston Marathon

Grab a ticket and some popcorn for our picks for the best games and sporting events in Houston in January 2022.

This month marks the end of the road for the Texans, but also the return of the Chevron Houston Marathon just in time for its 50th anniversary.

Elsewhere, the Rockets are home to some of basketball’s biggest stars (including a certain three-point shooting machine), and the LSU Tigers and Monster Trucks will each have a chance to race at NRG.

We’ve rounded up the main highlights from this month’s sports schedule, but you can find more on the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 10 Games and Sporting Events This Month: January 2022

  • Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center | New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 – The Rockets face reigning MVP Nicola Jokic and his Denver team in a New Year’s Day showdown. $ 14 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Texas Bowl 2022: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Louisiana State University Tigers at NRG Stadium | Tuesday 4 January – The annual Houston Ball Game brings some of the biggest teams from the Big 12 and SEC conferences together on the grill at NRG. This year, the LSU Tigers will face the Kansas State Wildcats. $ 29 and up, but you can find better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center | friday january 7 – The team faces rivals from the North, led by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and honors the decades-long voice of the Rockets’ shows at Bill Worrell Night at Toyota Center. $ 19 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium | Sunday January 9 – The 2021 regular season is drawing to a close for the Texans, who will face top rivals in their division, the Titans. $ 36 and more, but you can find a better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seat using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Midday.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center | Sunday January 9 – Feel the strength as the Rockets face off against the Timberwolves in Star Wars Night. Enjoy special themed entertainment from a galaxy far, far away and snap a photo with characters walking through the lobby. $ 10 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • We’re Houston 5K on McKinney & Crawford Streets Downtown | saturday january 15 – While the Chevron Marathon is booked for the 2022 season, a special 5k course can help runners feel that finish line in the morning before the big event. Registration is $ 45. 8h.
  • 50th Annual Chevron Downtown Houston Marathon | Sunday January 16 – While you may not be able to don for the signature Houston event, you can still celebrate the runners as they beat the downtown sidewalk through city neighborhoods like Montrose, Medical Center, the Galleria, Memorial Park, and vice versa, ending at Avenida de las Americas. Check marathon course and find your place to encourage thousands of participants. 7h.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center | Monday January 24 – Joel Embiid and the Sixers arrive in Houston for an inter-conference matchup on the hard-court at Toyota Center. $ 15 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | saturday 29 january – Watch 12,000 pound monster trucks reach new heights in a show of motorsport madness. Additional shows will take place the following weekend on Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6. $ 20 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | Monday January 31 –Steph Curry, who recently became the league’s all-time three-point leader, is headline-grabbing a night where one of basketball’s top teams honors the Toyota Center court. $ 50 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.

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Major sporting events in Houston: December 27 to January 2, 2022

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Jae’Sean Tate and Rockets face stiff competition to end year | Photo: Logan Riely; courtesy of the Houston Rockets

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday, December 27 through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

The New Year arrives this week as the Rockets hit the ground running against some of the NBA’s top talent, plus the Coogs clinch a spot against a conference opponent and Kingwood hosts another edition of its annual marathon tradition. on New Years day.

Want to learn more about the sports that take place around H-Town? Find more live games and sports throughout the month in the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 5 games and sporting events in Houston this week

  • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center | Tuesday 28 December –A star-studded squad of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and others arrive in Houston for a much-anticipated late-December clash with the Rockets. $ 49 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats at Fertitta Center | Tuesday 28 December – Nationally ranked UH basketball team launch into a conference game against a tough Cincinnati team. $ 30 to $ 75, but you can find better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat at Toyota Center | New Year’s Eve, Friday December 31 – New Years tradition returns to Toyota Center, as the Rockets look to take on Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat before the ball drops later that night. $ 25 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 6 p.m.
  • 23rd Annual Texas Marathon at Green Tree Park in Kingwood | New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 – The New Years tradition in Kingwood returns, sending runners from Green Tree Park to Lake Houston and back. Stay after the event for a pizza night after the race. Registration is $ 90 for all events (marathon or half-marathon). 8h.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center | New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 – The Rockets face reigning MVP Nicola Jokic and his Denver team with a New Years faceoff. $ 14 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.

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COVID-19 Makes Biden’s First White House Christmas Less Merry

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Goodbye eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies.

It has been a less cheerful holiday scene at the White House this year under the shadow of COVID-19. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have replaced the crowded parties and overflowing buffets of the past with open houses without food, face masks and testing for the unvaccinated.

Beyond the impact on Biden’s first Christmas in power, the virus and its variants have largely put kibosh on the entire White House social scene for 2021, starting with an inauguration that positioned flags instead of people on the National Mall.

“I think it was very hard for them,” said Philip Dufour, who was vice president Al Gore’s social secretary. He noted that many events did not take place as the President and the First Lady made others on Zoom.

Major social events removed from the calendar included the White House Ball for the country’s governors and the Easter Egg Roll, the second year in a row that the spring ritual has been canceled.

The Democratic president has yet to toast a foreign counterpart at a lavish state dinner at the White House because he has yet to invite a world leader for a state visit. In fact, months passed before Biden could welcome a foreign leader into the Oval Office for even more low-key discussions.

Still, the White House has been successful in hosting some events despite the pandemic, such as bill signing and Medal of Honor ceremonies. The Bidens have also hosted large receptions for Hanukkah and for artists recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

But the pandemic’s biggest blow to the calendar came over Christmas, forcing the White House to overhaul its holiday entertainment – and cut the guest list.

“Anyone who knows the Bidens knows how much they love to organize and celebrate the holidays,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for the first lady, announcing a limited number of open houses for guests at ooh and aah on Christmas trees and other decorations.

It is disappointing that we cannot accommodate as many people as the Bidens would like, but as we have done since day one of the Biden administration, we will continue to implement strong COVID protocols, developed in consulting with our public health advisers, “LaRosa said. In addition to fewer people passing by for open houses, thousands more couldn’t get a close look at how Jill Biden decorated the halls of the House White and the public rooms for the holidays because the public tours of the mansion remain on hold indefinitely.

“The White House is never as beautiful as it is at Christmas. It is simply stunning,” said Jeremy Bernard, who oversaw holiday decorating and event planning as Social Secretary to President Barack Obama. “It’s a shame more people can’t get through, but it’s the reality of being in a pandemic.” Partly to make up for the lack of access, photos and an interactive tour of the decorations were uploaded to the White House website, and the first lady tweeted a video of herself describing the decor and theme in each of the rooms and public spaces.

She rekindled the long tradition – which had slipped under the previous administration – of opening the Executive Mansion for the PBS series, “In Performance at the White House”. A holiday-themed episode aired Tuesday night with Andrea Bocelli, Billy Porter, Norah Jones, the Jonas Brothers and others performing in various venues in the White House. The first lady also recorded a children’s tour of the White House with characters from PBS KIDS.

Before the pandemic, presidents and first ladies spent many December evenings as Christmas approached to host nearly two dozen parties and receptions, sometimes two a day, where they stood in line for hours posing for photos with delighted guests. Eggnog and adult drinks flowed freely, revelers stacked plates with shrimp and cocktail sauce, and dessert tables offered cookies decorated in the image of the White House dogs – including some were slipped into purses and pockets for the return trip. All of that was deleted this year.

Instead, the Bidens invited groups of up to 100 people to open houses, giving them half an hour – instead of the usual two – to tour the decorations on the ground and public floors. There was no food or drink. There was also no photo taken with the Bidens, who did not attend.

Guests were required to certify their immunization status before showing up, wear a face mask at all times on White House grounds, and practice social distancing. Anyone who was not vaccinated had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the event. The final open house took place this week.

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Suggested on Twitter that the White House was guilty of hypocrisy with open houses and shouldn’t have held them at all.

“Biden’s White House decision to cancel their holiday party” and instead hold a holiday open house “following Democrats’ tendency to signal virtue while simultaneously creating loopholes for themselves “Blackburn said in a written statement.

Jennifer Pickens, an event planner who wrote a book about Christmas at the White House, said holiday traditions can bring comfort and a sense of normalcy, and argued that the White House should continue to host celebrations. visitors during the pandemic.

Events “can be on a smaller scale and take place safely, but they must continue,” she said in an email. Pickens said the White House is the People’s House, “so the people should be there.” the former Baltimore health commissioner said the open houses seemed safe given the security measures required by the White House and the lack of food and drink.

“It’s exactly the right thing to do,” Wen said.

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Biden’s first Christmas at the White House clouded by pandemic

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Goodbye eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies.

The White House vacation scene has been darker this year under the shadow of COVID-19. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have replaced the crowded parties and overflowing buffets of the past with open houses without food, face masks and testing for the unvaccinated.

Beyond the impact on Biden’s first Christmas in power, the virus and its variants have largely put kibosh on the entire White House social scene for 2021, starting with an inauguration that positioned flags instead of people on the National Mall.

“I think it was very hard for them,” said Philip Dufour, who was vice president Al Gore’s social secretary. He noted that many events did not take place as the President and the First Lady made others on Zoom.

Major social events removed from the calendar included the White House Ball for the country’s governors and the Easter Egg Roll, the second year in a row that the spring ritual has been canceled.

The Democratic president has yet to toast a foreign counterpart at a lavish state dinner at the White House because he has yet to invite a world leader for a state visit. In fact, months passed before Biden could welcome a foreign leader into the Oval Office for even more low-key discussions.

Still, the White House has been successful in hosting some events despite the pandemic, such as bill signing and Medal of Honor ceremonies. The Bidens have also hosted large receptions for Hanukkah and for artists recognized by the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

But the pandemic’s biggest blow to the calendar came over Christmas, forcing the White House to overhaul its holiday entertainment – and cut the guest list.

“Anyone who knows the Bidens knows how much they love to organize and celebrate the holidays,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for the first lady, announcing a limited number of open houses for guests at ooh and aah on the trees Christmas and other decorations.

It is disappointing that we cannot accommodate as many people as the Bidens would like, but as we have done since day one of the Biden administration, we will continue to implement strong COVID protocols, developed in consultation with our public health advisers, ” LaRosa said. In addition to fewer people passing by for open houses, thousands more couldn’t get a close look at how Jill Biden decorated the hallways and public rooms of the White House for the holidays because the public tours of the mansion remain undefined. .

The White House is never as beautiful as it is at Christmas. It’s just beautiful, ”said Jeremy Bernard, who oversaw holiday decorating and event planning as Social Secretary to President Barack Obama. “It’s a shame that more people can’t get through, but it’s the reality of being in a pandemic.” Partly to make up for the lack of access, photos and an interactive tour of the decorations were uploaded to the home’s White website, and the first lady tweeted a video of herself describing the decor and theme in each of the rooms and public spaces.

She rekindled the long tradition – which had expired under the previous administration – of opening the Executive Mansion for the PBS series, ” In Performance at the White House. A holiday-themed episode aired Tuesday night with Andrea Bocelli, Billy Porter, Norah Jones, the Jonas Brothers and others performing in various rooms of the White House. The first lady also recorded a children’s tour of the White House with characters from PBS KIDS.

Before the pandemic, presidents and first ladies spent many December evenings as Christmas approached to host nearly two dozen parties and receptions, sometimes two a day, where they stood in line for hours posing for photos with delighted guests. Eggnog and adult drinks flowed freely, revelers stacked plates with shrimp and cocktail sauce, and dessert tables offered cookies decorated in the image of the White House dogs – including some were slipped into purses and pockets for the return trip. All of that was deleted this year.

Instead, the Bidens invited groups of up to 100 people to open houses, giving them half an hour – instead of the usual two – to tour the decorations on the ground and public floors. There was no food or drink. There was also no photo taken with the Bidens, who did not attend.

Guests were required to certify their immunization status before showing up, wear a face mask at all times on White House grounds, and practice social distancing. Anyone who was not vaccinated had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the event. The final open house took place this week.

Sen Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn, suggested on Twitter that the White House was guilty of hypocrisy with open houses and shouldn’t have held them at all.

“Biden’s White House decision to cancel their holiday party” and instead hold a holiday open house “following Democrats’ tendency to signal virtue while simultaneously creating loopholes for themselves “Blackburn said in a written statement.

Jennifer Pickens, an event planner who wrote a book about Christmas at the White House, said holiday traditions can bring comfort and a sense of normalcy, and argued that the White House should continue to host celebrations. visitors during the pandemic.

Events “can be on a smaller scale and take place safely, but they must continue,” she said in an email. Pickens said the White House is the People’s House, “so the people should be there.”

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)