ANGELS – COVID has made planning for major events very difficult and continues to create a scene of uncertainty. Take, for example, the Grammys and the Super Bowl.
You can call it the story of two cities. In Inglewood, where the highly anticipated Super Bowl LVI will take place in a few weeks, businessmen are salivating at the thought of large sums of money pouring into their cash registers. In Los Angeles, the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena has lost – at least for now – the 64th annual Grammy Awards. The ceremony was scheduled for later this month but has now been postponed.
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At the Figueroa Hotel, near the downtown arena, the manager said they had booked guests for the Grammys, so a cancellation wasn’t good news. At the end of the street from Indian restaurant M. Marsala, manager Najma Mumtaj said: “We are losing almost a third of our business” because of the coronavirus. For them, the postponement of another major event is bad news.
At the Original Pantry Cafe where they fried eggs, the postponement of the Grammys was bad news for manager Jose Valdez.
“Any other business around is not going to get the money,” he said. “It’s a big impact.”
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In Inglewood, where NFL and California officials say the Super Bowl will continue, employees at that store said they were concerned fans would show up and spread COVID, which would make matters worse. Across the street at another store, Wood Jackson said he wants to see a lot of people in his store during Super Bowl week, provided people are careful.
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