Several Tucson businesses have temporarily closed and two marquee headliners have postponed their concerts as the omicron variant continues its hold on Pima County.
Rebecca Sasnett, Arizona Daily Star
Batiste, who was to play Centennial Hall on Jan. 21, postponed his appearance due to “unforeseen circumstances” while the 86-year-old Alpert, who was scheduled to perform with his wife, Lani Hall, on Jan. 22, cited health concerns, Dodge said.
HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Executive Director Khris Dodge said he is working on new dates for 11-time Grammy nominee Jon Batiste and jazz great Herb Alpert, both of whom pulled out of the event early this week.
On Wednesday, the county reported 1,121 new COVID cases and four new deaths. Statewide, 7,749 additional confirmed cases were reported on Wednesday, according to state health officials.
Since New Year’s Eve, several businesses including Monsoon Chocolate on East 22nd Street at South Fourth Avenue, Che’s Lounge on North Fourth Avenue and Batch downtown temporarily closed due to COVID exposures and concerns as Arizona’s and Pima County’s infection rates jumped.
“It’s unreal that we’ve come this far and now, here we are,” Batch owner Ronnie Spece said Wednesday, a day after he temporarily closed his popular bourbon and doughnut bar at 118 E. Congress St. after two of his employees tested positive for COVID.