Despite the growing health concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus, the 55th ACM Awards will proceed as scheduled from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 5. That’s 24 days away.
In addition to announcing the award show’s first round of performers on March 11, the Academy released a statement: “The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions remain committed to serving fans and our Country Music community by producing THE 55th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ live from Las Vegas on April 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. We are closely monitoring the situation along with the MGM team, who are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies and experts for guidance. We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, crew, guests and attendees.”
Here are a few news-worthy notes regarding coronavirus and Las Vegas:
- The Southern Nevada Heath District reported the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus on March 5, and a second person tested with a presumptive positive case on March 8.
- MGM Resorts announced it will temporarily close the buffets at seven of its Las Vegas properties—Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage—on March 15.
- According to Larry Brown, head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a number of smaller conventions have been cancelled.
Stay tuned for more up-to-the-date info on the 55th ACM Awards.
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