Henri thwarts Central Park concert hailing NYC virus rebound

NEW YORK – A celebrity-laden Central Park concert intended to celebrate New York City’s restoration from the coronavirus was reduce brief since of extreme weather as Hurricane Henri approached.

Officials questioned live performance-goers to depart the park all through Barry Manilow’s established amid the threat of lightning. New York City law enforcement on Saturday night instructed concertgoers through Twitter to “calmly move to the nearest exits and proceed to parts outside the house of the park. This is NOT an emergency.”

Following some confusion in excess of whether or not the live performance could resume, Mayor Invoice de Blasio tweeted, “While it’s disappointing that tonight’s live performance experienced to end early, the security of all people in attendance had to appear initial.”

The extremely promoted “Homecoming Concert” featured Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Jennifer Hudson, Carlos Santana, LL Cool J and Andrea Bocelli amongst the performers.

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Saturday’s occasion arrived after a collection of hip-hop concerts in the very last week at out of doors venues around the town.

The concert kicked off amid problems about the contagious delta variant of COVID-19.

New York City in excess of the earlier week has averaged just beneath 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 a working day, according to point out data. That is up from just beneath 200 situations for each working day in late June. Only about 54% of all metropolis inhabitants are entirely vaccinated from the virus.

Those who attended the concert, the the vast majority of tickets for which have been handed out for totally free, had to show evidence of vaccination.

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