SANTA ROSA (BCN) — New Year’s Eve options for Bay Area celebrants continue to dwindle as another event was canceled due to concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19.
To comply with recommendations from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center has announced that it is canceling its annual New Year’s Eve event, including several balloon drops and Snoopy appearances.
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Held annually since 2005, “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!” became the museum’s biggest event, with visitors gathering for a countdown and watching 4,000 biodegradable balloons fall from the ceiling.
Last year’s event was online, but the hope was to come together in person this year, museum director Gina Huntsinger said. The museum had planned to reduce the capacity of the event, but given the contagion of the omicron variant, especially at large public gatherings, it seemed wiser to cancel it.
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“The safety of our visitors comes first, and we want to help prevent the spread of this new variant in our community,” Huntsinger said.
The museum will remain open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. people can visit schulzmuseum.org for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 safety hours and policies.
Visitors who purchased tickets in advance for the New Year’s Eve event will receive a full refund. For questions, contact the museum at (707) 579-4452.
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