The number of nominees who will be able to attend this year’s Emmy awards will be limited due to Covid-19 Delta variant concerns, the Television Academy announced on Tuesday. This includes both the Creative Arts Emmys on September 11-12 as well as the 73rd Primetime Emmys on September 19.
Nominated teams of three or more members will be limited to no more than four tickets per nomination, the statement said.
“We recommend those on nominated teams coordinate between themselves and identify how they will allot their four tickets prior to filling out the RSVP form. The Television Academy will reach out to any nominated teams who have already responded requesting more than four tickets,” the statement added.
The Emmy Awards curators made this decision despite invitations already being sent out as a precaution in the wake of the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Los Angeles, where the award ceremonies take place.
Los Angeles County reimposed mandatory masking in public areas in July after a spike in Covid-19 cases prompted concerns over the spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, singer Stevie Nicks called off five concerts in the US because of rising cases.
The Television Academy and CBS have also decided to host all Emmys ceremonies, including the Creative Arts, in an “indoor/outdoor” setting on The Event Deck at LA LIVE to ensure social distancing.
The nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in July. The Crown and The Mandalorian led with 24 nominations each, followed by WandaVision at 23. The Emmys will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network on September 19. The event, this year, will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.
In total, there were 44 first-time performer nominations across the Lead, Supporting, Guest and Short Form categories, this season.
HBO leads among the networks with a total of 130 nominations, followed by Netflix with 129 nominations, Disney+ with 71, and NBC with 46 nominations.