A number of celebrities were infected with the Corona virus, after participating in the Golden Globe Awards.
Several stars, including Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Pfeiffer, announced that they had contracted the virus in the days following the awards ceremony.
The second ceremony, the Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony, which followed a few days after the Golden Globe Awards ceremony for critics to choose who wins his awards, and which took place on Sunday, stipulated that the attendees and participants take a Corona virus test, with an increase in the number of those who apologized for attending.
A few celebs had to sit outside the building where the party was taking place, and shared via social media.
“I am very sorry that I could not attend the awards ceremony,” Pfeiffer wrote in one of his Instagram posts. Yes, covid.”
It was expected that Pfeiffer would present Jeff Bridges with the “Lifetime Achievement” award, which was presented in his place by John Goodman.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also lamented on the platform, saying, “Unfortunately, this main fan won’t be at all the weekend festivities cheering on his friends and teammates. Live and live on life’s terms.”
While Curtis ran out of the building due to illness, her co-stars in Everything Everywhere All at Once took home five awards, including Best Picture.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, COVID-19 safety precautions, such as getting tested, vaccinated, and mask requirements, have been inconsistent this awards season.
Some in-person events and ceremonies required no security measures, while others, such as the Golden Globe Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards, required either testing, proof of vaccination, or both.
Public health experts say they are not surprised by the recent problems facing Hollywood’s award-winning elite.
“It’s not unexpected,” Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist and chief innovation officer at Children’s Hospital Boston, told ABC. “You have indoor gatherings at a time when there’s a lot of virus circulating, whether it’s a cold or the flu, and proximity without masking…you’ll have active virus transmission.”
With COVID-19 concerns fading and public safety measures fading, weekly infection cases have topped 400,000 in each of the past six weeks, according to the CDC, statistics not seen since late September.
Meanwhile, weekly COVID-19 deaths continue to rise with 3,907 cases reported as of January 11, according to CDC data.