The annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has been cancelled for 2021, marking the second year in a row the event has been ended due to COVID-19.
WHCA will not hold 2021 dinner, plans spring rollout of other salutes to journalism. Details here: https://t.co/kETPNnFalo
— WHCA (@whca) April 14, 2021
“We have worked through any number of scenarios over the last several months, but to put it plainly: while improving rapidly, the COVID-19 landscape is just not at a place where we could make the necessary decisions to go ahead with such a large indoor event,” the group noted in a statement.
“Our top priority remains ensuring that journalists can continue to safely work from the White House and fulfill their vital role in keeping the public informed,” the statement added.
“Expect information in the coming weeks about our annual membership town hall, at which we will outline plans to safely begin easing some virus-related restrictions,” the statement continued.
In contrast with the White House Correspondents’ Association, the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team was at full capacity on opening day this month. More than 38,000 people attended the game.
In 2019, then-President Trump decided to skip the dinner completely (for the third year in a row). He chose to instead hold a political rally.
“Thee the dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” Trump said. “The correspondents’ dinner is too negative. I like positive things.”
The next award dinner is scheduled for Apr. 30, 2022. Maybe COVID-19 will be controlled enough by then for the group to present its awards in person once again.