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Catamount Arts announced Thursday after a conversation with representatives from local healthcare organizations that First Night North will not proceed as planned. Executive Director Jody Fried spoke with officials from Northern Counties Health Care and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, and while hearts were heavy, the decision was unanimous and unambiguous. Live in-person performances of this scale are not safe at this time.

“The omicron variant is so contagious and is moving so quickly,” says Fried, “that we need to act with an abundance of caution. In the case of First Night, that means cancelling the in-person event and exploring a last-minute pivot to a virtual alternative.”

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