The 2022 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – traditionally held at Madison Square Garden – will be postponed due to soaring COVID-19 cases in New York City.
The decision to push the event back from January to later in the year was made Wednesday, December 29, 2021, by the club’s board of governors.
“The health and safety of all participants in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are paramount,” the group said in a statement.
“We appreciate the community’s continued interest and support as we delay the show to a time when we can safely convene.”
The group did not immediately disclose a new date for the annual dog show.
Last year, due to the pandemic, the event was held in June at the Lyndhurst mansion, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the Westchester suburb of Tarrytown.
Spectators weren’t allowed at the 2021 show – and human participants had to be vaccinated or newly tested.