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Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show delayed due to COVID-19

The 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – traditionally held at Madison Square Garden – will be postponed due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in New York.

The decision to push the event back from January to later in the year was taken by the club’s board on Wednesday.

“The health and safety of all attendees at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is paramount,” the group said in a statement.

“We appreciate the continued interest and support from the community as we postpone the show to a time when we can safely come together.”

The group did not immediately reveal a new date for the annual dog show.

Last year, due to the pandemic, the event was held in June at Lyndhurst Manor, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property in the Westchester suburb of Tarrytown.

Spectators were not allowed at the 2021 show – and human attendees had to be vaccinated or newly tested.

New Yorkers line up at a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Times Square on December 27, 2021.
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A dog competes in the agility course at the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship on February 10, 2018 in New York City at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
A dog takes part in the agility course at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 142nd Annual Dog Show in 2018.
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Bichon Frizes gather in the judging ring during the daytime session in breed judging across the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding groups at the 143rd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Pier 92/94 in New York on February 11, 2019.
The Westminster Kennel Club board has not announced when the annual show will take place later in 2022.
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Cheslie Pickett Smithey, right, runs with her Best of Breed event-winning Whippet Bourbon, while her husband Justin Smithey runs with Whiskey, at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday, February 11, 2019 in New York City.
The annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show was scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden.
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The handler of a Samoyed races with his dog in front of the judges in the working group category at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, June 13, 2021, in Tarrytown, NY
The Westminster Kennel Club board has delayed the annual show until it “can safely meet”.
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