Omicron-related health order leads to cancellation of Bryan Adams New Year's Eve concert at Rogers Arena

Local bands Mother Mother and 54-40 were also scheduled to perform

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      A giant homecoming for a B.C.-raised rocker is among  the New Year's Eve events that won't take place this year due to a provincial health order.

      Bryan Adams cancelled his December 31 gig at Rogers Arena in the wake of Dr. Bonnie Henry's December 17 decision to restrict events with more than 1,000 people to half capacity.

      Henry issued her order in response to rising numbers of infections of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

      Also scheduled to appear were local bands Mother Mother and 54-40.

      Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

      Mother Mother's December 30 show at the Vogue Theatre has not been cancelled as of this writing. The Vogue has a seating capacity of 1,280.

      In contrast, the Commodore Ballroom has a capacity of 995. The provincial health order prohibits dancing at live music events.

      In addition, people must remain masked and may only enter if the QR code is checked electronically on their B.C. Vaccine Cards.