The COVID-fueled two steps forward, one step back pattern of late for arts venues continued this week as the folks at the Sweetwater Music Hall announced that, “due to an audience of caution towards the surges in COVID-19,” the venue is closed until December 28. Fueled by the Omicron, the number of daily new confirmed cases in Marin rose to 106 on Dec. 20, up from 14 on Nov. 16.

“We are doing so in order to fully sanitize and as a rest for all staff members to rest and remain healthy,” Sweetwater GM Maria Hoppe said in a statement.

The temporary closure means that a few regular holiday shows, like those by the renowned Christmas Jug Band and local stalwart Matt Jaffe have been canceled. Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase, according to Sweetwater officials.

Performances by The Christmas Jug Band and Matt Jaffe which were set to occur before the venue shuttered its doors have been canceled. Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.

If the venue reopens on Dec. 28 as planned, they have Pimps of Joytime, Hot Buttered Rum and a New Year’s Eve celebration with the Monophonics lined up.

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