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Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles moving outdoors due to COVID-19 concerns

With this change, there will now be further limits on the number of people invited to the Sep 19 show.

Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles moving outdoors due to COVID-19 concerns

FILE PHOTO: Rows of Emmy Award statuettes are seen at the 2006 Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles August 19, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

The Emmy Awards ceremony for achievement in television will take place outdoors in Los Angeles next month because of rising concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, the Television Academy said on Tuesday (Aug 10).

The Sep 19 ceremony was initially due to take place indoors before a limited celebrity audience.

"The Television Academy and CBS have decided to host all ceremonies ... on the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE, directly behind the Microsoft Theater," the statement said.

The Event Deck in downtown Los Angeles is an outdoor space that includes a large tented area.

The statement said the changes followed discussions with Los Angeles County health and safety experts.

It added there would be further limits on the numbers of those invited to the show, including those nominated for the highest honours in US television.

"Unfortunately, this means not all nominees will be able to attend this year's awards," the organisers said.

Los Angeles last month re-imposed the wearing of masks in all indoor public settings and businesses because of rising numbers of coronavirus infections in the second-largest city in the United States.

Source: Reuters/sr