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This year’s Winter Olympics will feature one drastic change for all viewers on American soil. NBC, which broadcasts the games Stateside, will not be sending their announcers and most hosts over to Beijing due to continued concerns about rising COVID cases worldwide and the surging Omicron variant around the world. This is also thanks to China’s strict policy about those who test positive.

This marks the second straight Olympic Games in which the broadcast teams will work mostly out of NBC Sports headquarters in Connecticut, rather than the host city. Last year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo presented a similar dilemma.

“Something significant has changed virtually every day for the last three months, forcing us to adjust our plan numerous times. And I expect that to continue as well as the challenge of doing the Olympics,” said Molly Solomon, the head of NBC’s Olympics production unit. “With COVID’s changing conditions and China’s zero-tolerance policy, it’s just added a layer of complexity to all of this, so we need to make sure we can provide the same quality experience to the American viewers. That’s why we are split between the two cities.”

According to HuffPost‘s report, NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughs revealed that the broadcaster no longer plans to send announcing teams for Alpine skiing, figure skating and snowboarding to China. Those had been among the handful of announcers expected to travel, but NBC’s plans changed over the past couple of weeks.

“Our plans will continue to evolve based on the conditions, and we’re going to stay flexible as we move through this,” Hughes said.

NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel is one of the 250 people the network already has placed in Beijing. Most of those folks are technical staff, rather than journalists or producers.

All Olympic athletes, media, and workers will be cut off from the rest of China while the competition is underway, a strict rule that limits folks to the competition venues, accommodations, and transportation between the two. China will isolate anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 for at least two days, pending a negative result. The country also has a mandatory 21-day isolation period for anyone entering the country who isn’t vaccinated.

The 2022 Winter Olympics begin on Friday, February 4 and continue until Sunday, February 20, airing on NBC in the United States.