Holiday event organizers adjust plans amid concerns about omicron variant

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — As of Thursday, neither North Carolina nor South Carolina had reported any cases of the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus -- but still, the variant has raised concerns about holiday events underway across the Carolinas.

Atrium Health Ballpark in Kannapolis opened its gates Thursday for its second holiday event.

The home of the Cannon Ballers is hosting the Trees of Hope event. Each decorated tree represents a different nonprofit, and 50% of the proceeds go toward those organizations.

Vincent Marcucci, the assistant general manager for the Cannon Ballers, said he was confident in their ability to protect their patrons at the event.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Channel 9′s Elsa Gillis visits the Kannapolis ballpark to learn how they plan to keep everyone safe this holiday season.

“Obviously, it’s an outdoor event, we’ll continue to recommend that everyone social distance throughout the event,” Marcucci said. “It’s a ballpark that fits 5,000 people so for this event there will be plenty of space for people to spread out.”

Marcucci said organizers seriously assessed COVID-19 risks when planning the event.

“We never want to put our community in jeopardy just trying to do a great charitable event to give back,” he said.

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