A flyer on the postponement of Santa Cruz Police Department movie night
Recovery & Reopening

Delta worries strike again: SCPD movie night at Kaiser Permanente Arena postponed

Citing concerns about the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, the Santa Cruz Police Department put off an indoor, family-focused event scheduled for Tuesday night that was to include a showing of the movie “Zootopia.”

Another community event fell victim to concerns about the spread of the Delta variant Friday, with the Santa Cruz Police Department postponing a family movie night scheduled for Tuesday at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

“As we are sure you are already aware, the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant means that it is now recommended to avoid large gatherings,” SCPD wrote in a news release announcing the postponement. “While we know this is disappointing, we hope you understand the steps we must take to help keep our community, partners, and staff safe.”

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the Delta variant is a more formidable foe than previously believed, largely due to its ability to infect and be spread by people who are fully vaccinated.

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The decision comes at the end a week that began with news of a COVID-19 outbreak linked to an indoor show at Felton Music Hall and continued with the Rio Theatre postponing a concert scheduled for Thursday, Moe’s Alley announcing that it would require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for entry and FMH installing new air filters, among other precautions.

“If there’s an outbreak, obviously, we need to stop, reassess, take new measures,” Felton Music Hall owner Thomas Cussins told Lookout’s Wallace Baine on Wednesday. “But in the long term, we’re just planning to do the best we can to stay healthy and safe and adhere to any rules and regulations. But to stop the music for any length of time now is not something we’re planning on doing.”

In its release, the Santa Cruz Police Department said it had expected around 600 people for Tuesday’s free event, at which a showing of animated movie “Zootopia” was to have been the centerpiece of an evening that also included a bounce house, K-9 demonstrations and other activities. The SCPD release said the event would be rescheduled for fall.