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Coronavirus forces Santa Fe Opera to cancel upcoming season

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The famed Santa Fe Opera has been pressured to cancel its season, with officers saying Monday that the choice was made to make sure the well being and security of workers, artists, patrons and the encompassing neighborhood because the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

The opera explored all of the potential eventualities — together with how you can check and quarantine, restrict theater capability and conduct wellness checks — earlier than figuring out that the performances merely couldn’t go on.

“I’m at a loss to explain the frustration that I actually and all my colleagues really feel at this time,” Common Director Robert Meya stated in an announcement.

Lately, the open-air venue has been the backdrop for productions concerning the daybreak of the nuclear age in 1940s New Mexico and a world premiere of a techno-infused opera about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Supreme Court docket Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg additionally has been a daily customer to performances in Santa Fe.

Greater than $5 million in tickets already have been bought. Meya is asking patrons to donate the worth of their tickets again to the opera to assist compensate the various artists, musicians and seasonal workers who in any other case would have been working this season. A gaggle of patrons has supplied to match all donated tickets dollar-for-dollar as much as $three million.

Meya stated the donations would supply the opera with “a bridge over these darkish and turbulent instances.”

The pandemic already has pressured the cancellation of quite a few occasions that sometimes draw guests and spectators from across the globe — from the annual artwork markets in Santa Fe to a global powwow in Albuquerque and even a summer time UFO competition in Roswell.

New Mexico has practically 4,900 COVID-19 circumstances, with 194 individuals hospitalized.

For most individuals, the coronavirus causes gentle or average signs, similar to fever and cough that clear up in two to a few weeks. For some, particularly older adults and folks with present well being issues, it will possibly trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, and loss of life. The overwhelming majority of individuals recuperate.

In different developments:

— The newest numbers present McKinley County, which incorporates town of Gallup and a portion of the Navajo Nation, continues to steer the state with greater than 1,520 circumstances. The agricultural space additionally accounted for six of the 9 deaths reported Sunday. A lockdown in Gallup was lifted over the weekend, however the mayor desires individuals to put on masks.

— In southern New Mexico, the state Well being Division is reporting 19 circumstances amongst people being held on the Otero County processing heart run by federal immigration authorities.

— State officers additionally introduced Monday that hospitals are anticipated to get an extra $66 million in Medicaid funds to assist cowl losses throughout the well being emergency. The speed will increase accepted by the federal Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid embody increased reimbursements for intensive care stays by 50% all through the emergency. Human Companies Secretary David Scrace described intensive care as a key scarce useful resource for the state.