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Concerns with COVID-19 and the highly contagious omicron variant have forced some venues to cancel plans for New Year's Eve and other upcoming events. 

The omicron variant has replaced the delta variant as the dominant strain of the coronavirus in Minnesota, according to health department officials. Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health said it is "preparing for an increase in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks."

Here's a running list of venues that have nixed plans to ring in the new year: 

The Armory

The Amory, a music venue in Minneapolis, canceled its Lights All Night Minneapolis New Year's Eve party, with a statement from Lights All Night Minneapolis saying the event won't be held "Out of concern for our fans, artists, employees and local communities."

Those with tickets to the event will receive a full refund within 15 days.

Black Hart

The Black Hart soccer bar in St. Paul said Wednesday is canceling its New Year's Eve party. It is also shutting down for the week, with plans to reopen Jan. 5, 2022.

"Due to Coronavirus going full Oprah and you get COVID, you get COVID, etc, Black Hart is canceling our NYE party and shutting down for a week. We will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Please, everyone, go get tested, stay safe. F*** COVID," the popular soccer bar tweeted.

Can Can Wonderland

"Out of an abundance of caution" due to the quickly spreading omicron variant of COVID-19, the mini-golf course/bar/arcade/music venue in St. Paul announced Wednesday it has canceled its Naughty New Year's Eve and will be closed from Dec. 30 through Thursday, Jan. 6. 

Can Can Wonderland says its staff is 100% vaccinated but there have been a few COVID cases among employees, and even though they haven't been at work in recent days, it wants to take "the proactive stance of not hosting the large event."

"The decision to create a longer closure time will allow staff to self-isolate as a pre-emptive measure per the revised CDC recommendations," Can Can Wonderland said in a news release. It will use the time to conduct a deep clean of the entire space. 

Can Can Wonderland plans to reschedule its New Year's Eve party "when the time is right and safe for all." 

“I’m confident that this is the right thing to do right now, but rest assured that we are dreaming up a diverse roster of really fun happenings for 2022," Tony Perella, director of operations, said in a statement. 

Can Can Wonderland will reevaluate COVID-19 cases and community spread in St. Paul and Ramsey County on Jan. 4, 2022, and determine opening procedures for Jan. 6, 2022. It will share any "new and exciting safety protocols" on its website and social media. 

First Avenue's venues

First Avenue canceled its New Year's Eve Danceteria and The Fine Line postponed its 1990s vs 2000s New Year's Eve party.

"We are all tired of the pandemic’s disruptions in our plans and daily life. The sacrifices so many continue to make are unbelievable. Thank you forever to all the health care professionals, teachers, and front-line workers (we see you, grocery, USPS, service industry, and delivery folks). It also feels unbelievable to be postponing and canceling concerts and events as we close out 2021, but here we are," First Avenue, which owns Fine Line, said on the Facebook event. 

The venue said those who bought tickets via AXS online or by phone to the Danceteria will be refunded with 30 days. Otherwise, refunds are available at the original point of purchase. As for the Fine Line event, there currently isn't information on a new date. Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled event. 

In addition to canceling the New Year's Eve events, First Avenue has postponed some other shows at its various venues (tickets will be honored or refunded if you prefer, First Avenue says). Among them: 

  • The Suburbs show scheduled for Dec. 31 at the Palace Theatre will be held Feb. 12, 2022.
  • Dessa's show on Dec. 30 will be held on Feb. 13, 2022, at First Avenue.
  • Blood $moke Body will now be Feb. 17, 2022, at 7th St Entry
  • Reina del Cid at the Turf Club on Dec. 31 is postponed. A new date is TBD. 
  • The Shackletons at 7th St Entry on Dec. 31 is postponed. A new date is TBD.

Several shows in the first week of January have also been canceled, with refunds available at ticketholders' point of purchase. They are: 

  • Foe at 7th St Entry on Jan. 5
  • Andrew Broder & People at Turf Club on Jan. 5 and Jan. 12
  • Strngr and Destryur's Night at the Grindhouse at 7th St Entry on Jan. 6
  • Folios, Partial Traces, Extraterrestrials and Big Salt at 7th St Entry on Jan. 7
  • Admiral Fox at 7th St Entry on Jan. 9
  • The Get Together, Sleeping Jesus and Mike Kota at the Turf Club on Jan. 13

First Avenue says it will "continue to assess shows on a case-by-case basis" and will keep ticketholders informed of any changes. 

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