As concern continues to grow over the worldwide spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, many are taking proactive measures to keep themselves safe from the flu-like virus, which can be fatal in the most extreme cases.
A number of musical acts have canceled or postponed their shows, including BTS, Haim and Miley Cyrus. In addition, a slew of shows and movies have halted production due to the outbreak, including The Morning Show, Russian Doll and The Prom.
On top of that, large-scale events are being canceled and museums are shutting down temporarily. Broadway shows are also closing due to coronavirus concerns.
As for sporting events, the NBA announced on March 11 that they were suspending the season “until further notice” and using the hiatus to “determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” This news came after the league confirmed that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for the COVID-19 virus shortly before the Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was subsequently canceled.
Nickelodeon postponed the 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards, which were scheduled to be hosted by Chance the Rapper on Sunday, March 22 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. “The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority,” the network said in a statement to ET. “We will have further information about a new date in the future.”
The Paley Center also announced that dates for PaleyFest 2020 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre — which was set to honor shows like Modern Family, Outlander, Star Trek: Picard, The Mandalorian and more — were being postponed.
“Based on the most recent news and out of an abundance of concern, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s PaleyFest. While we were looking forward to presenting another stellar lineup of PaleyFest events, the safety of our event participants, guests, and staff is the highest priority,” the Paley Center announced in their statement. “We are exploring options to reschedule the festival and all ticket purchases will be honored for the new dates.”
Infectious disease researcher Dr. Ravina Kullar spoke with ET in early March about the threat of the virus, saying at the time that she was “very concerned” about the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and around the world, but cautioning that there are currently greater threats to American public health — the flu, for example.
However, Dr. Kullar was supportive of organizations cancelling public events like festivals and conventions, especially in areas with higher concentrations of confirmed coronavirus cases. “I think that’s a good idea. Until we get a handle and grasp on this virus, I think we need to take precautionary measures.”
Here’s a look at some more major cancellations around the world, listed alphabetically by category. Check back regularly for new updates.
FESTIVALS & CONVENTIONS
– BeautyconLA 2020 – The convention announced via social media on March 11 that their Los Angeles convention, planned for Aug. 1-2, would be rescheduled to Dec. 5-6, with all tickets honored for the new dates. “While we are optimistic that COVID-19 will be better understood by summer, many of our partners have been impacted by the delays and closures of their partners throughout Asia and other parts of the world,” they said in a statement. Beautycon NYC is still set for Oct. 31-Nov. 1, while Beautycon Tokyo has been postponed until 2021.
– CinemaCon 2020 – It was announced on Wednesday that the annual convention, which was scheduled to run from March 30 to April 2, has been cancelled, according to a statement released by John Fithian and Mitch Neuhauser, the president and managing director of the National Association of Theatre Owners, who organize the high-profile industry event. “It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of CinemaCon 2020. Each spring, motion picture exhibitors, distributors and industry partners from around the world meet in Las Vegas to share information and celebrate the moviegoing experience. This year, due to the travel ban from the European Union, the unique travel difficulties in many other areas of the world and other challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic, a significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community is not able to attend CinemaCon. While local outbreaks vary widely in severity, the global circumstances make it impossible for us to mount the show that our attendees have come to expect. … We look forward to continuing the 10-year tradition of presenting the largest movie theater convention in the world and joining our attendees in future celebrations of the moviegoing experience.”
– Coachella – After lots of speculation, Goldenvoice announced on March 10 that they would be rescheduling the 2020 music festival from April 10-12 and April 17-19 to Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” the production company said in a statement, noting that they would honor April tickets in October and offer refunds for those not able to attend.
– Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 (Los Angeles)– The world’s premier event for computer and video games and related products was canceled after originally being set for June 9-11. “We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold this event for our fans and supporters,” E3 said in a statement. “But we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.”
– PaleyFest LA 2020 – On March 11, the Paley Center announced that dates for 2020 PaleyFest at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre — which was set to honor shows like Modern Family, Outlander, Star Trek: Picard, The Mandalorian and more — were postponed. “Based on the most recent news and out of an abundance of concern, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s PaleyFest. While we were looking forward to presenting another stellar lineup of PaleyFest events, the safety of our event participants, guests, and staff is the highest priority,” the Paley Center announced in their statement. “We are exploring options to reschedule the festival and all ticket purchases will be honored for the new dates.”
– RuPaul’s DragCon LA – On March 10, it was announced that RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2020 — which was supposed to take place from May 1-3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center — has been canceled. It will be postponed until 2021, and anyone who already bought tickets will be refunded. “DragCon’s first priority is always the health and safety of everyone involved and we’ve been actively tracking the situation around the coronavirus,” a message from the event’s organizers reads. “Unfortunately, there’s no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May. Due to that uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided that it’s in the best interest of the talent, staff, and attendees to cancel RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2020. DragCon LA will return in 2021, better than ever.”
– Stagecoach – Goldenvoice announced on March 10 that they would be rescheduling the country music festival from April 24-26 to Oct. 23-25. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” the production company said in a statement, noting that they would honor April tickets in October and offer refunds for those not able to attend. Following the announcement, headlining act Dan + Shay took to Twitter to announce that they would not be able to make the rescheduled dates due to their planned tour. “We apologize to our fans in Southern California, and promise to make it up to you soon.”
– SXSW (Austin, Texas) – The film, media and music festival announced their cancellation on March 6, sharing, “The City of Austin has canceled the March dates for SXSW and SXSW EDU. SXSW will faithfully follow the City’s directions. We are devastated to share this news with you. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”
– TCM Classic Film Festival – TCM broke the news in a tweet that the event that was to be held April 16 through April 19 in Hollywood would be canceled. “Nothing is more important to TCM than the safety of our fans. In light of the increasing public health concerns related to coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 #TCMFF,” read the message.
– Tomorrowland Winter 2020 (Alpe d’Huez, France) – The winter installation of the electronic dance music festival was forced to cancel just two weeks before its kickoff. “In light of the recent worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the call from the French government to cancel large-scale events with over 5,000 attendees and welcoming international guests, Tomorrowland Winter 2020 in Alpe d’Huez (France) is forced to cancel this edition,” read a statement on the FAQ page of the festival’s website.
– Ultra Music Festival (Miami, Florida) – The outdoor electronic festival was set to take place from March 20-22, but announced its official cancellation on March 6, postponing the event until 2021. “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that The City of Miami has issued an official directive requiring that the 22nd edition of Ultra Music Festival, originally scheduled for March 20, 21 and 22, 2020 will be postponed to March 26, 27 and 28, 2021. Due to the Florida Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Interim Guidance for COVID-19, it is impossible for the City to provide access to Bayfront Park at this time,” Team Ultra announced via its website and social media. “Ultimately, there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of each of you, together with everyone else involved in the production of the event.”
– Avril Lavigne, Head Above Water tour – The singer has canceled dates in Italy, France, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines. “My bad, crew and I have been working so hard to bring this tour worldwide and are completely bummed out. Please everybody take care of yourselves and stay healthy,” she told fans on Twitter. “You’re in my thoughts and prayers and we are hoping to announce rescheduled shows soon.”
– Blake Shelton, Friends and Heroes – The country crooner is rescheduling his tour dates from March 12 to March 21. He was to be performing in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 12.
“Omaha, I’m here in your city with my friends and heroes and am ready to play a show for you, but for all the right reasons – chiefly everyone’s safety and well-being – we have to reschedule tonight and the rest of the tour,” said Shelton. “Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. You can bet we’ll see you back here soon!”
– BTS, Map of the Soul tour – The mega-popular K-pop group announced in late February that April tour stops in Seoul, South Korea, had been canceled. “It is unavoidable that the concert must be canceled without further delay,” the K-pop group’s official Twitter account shared, in Korean. “Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration.”
– Carlos Santana, Miraculous 2020 tour – The musician cancelled the European leg of his Miraculous 2020 World Tour on March 10. “While we deeply regret this unfortunate circumstance, the safety of our fans is the main priority for the Santana Organization. We will keep you all informed of new performance dates as they are made, and will make every effort to return to Europe soon,” said Michael Vrionis, President of Universal Tone Management in a statement. Refunds for the tour are available through point of purchase.
– Cher, Here We Go Again – Effective immediately, starting March 12, Cher postponed or canceled her concert dates. “I’m heartbroken, but the health of my fans and my touring family comes first. The shows have been really special but, nothing is more important than everybody’s safety. I’m excited to see everyone when we’re back out on the road,” she said in a statement.
– Green Day, Hella Mega tour – The band announced they were postponing Asian tour dates on Feb. 27, tweeting, “We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus. We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon.”
-Haim – The girl group broke it to fans that they would not be performing in Chicago Illinois, tweeting: “Chicago – we’ve been told to reschedule our deli show out of safety concerns. Check back soon for the new date (and wash your hands) ❤️.”
– Jerry Seinfeld – The comedian announced that he would postponing some of his stand-up shows in Manhattan. “I am postponing my shows this weekend at @beacontheatre, in NYC,” he shared on Instagram “Let’s do this another time when we can relax and enjoy it a lot more. Hold onto your tickets. A rescheduled date will be announced shortly. Refunds if necessary at point of purchase. Sorry for any inconvenience. Stay well.”
– Mariah Carey – The singer canceled her planned March 10 concert at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, one week ahead of time, citing “international travel restrictions.” “I am SUPER excited to be coming to Honolulu in November and perform my special All I Want for Christmas Is You & Hits extravaganza for the first time ever in Hawaii!” she assured fans. “I can’t wait to see you! Stay safe!!”
– Michael Buble, An Evening With Michael Buble – The singer is postponing his tour dates from March 17 to April 5. “I was looking forward to getting back on the road but the safety of my fans and my touring family of course take priority under the current circumstances. We will be coming back soon with new dates and everyone will be safe to enjoy a great night out. Stay well everyone,” commented Bublé.
– NCT, The Dream Show tour – On Jan. 29, the K-pop group announced they were postponing their Feb. 15 performance at The Star Theatre in Singapore.
– Niall Horan – The singer’s iHeartRadio album release party was canceled. “As a precautionary measure, tonight’s (March 12) iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Niall Horan is cancelled,” read a statement on Twitter.
– The National – The band canceled their March 17 and 18 tour dates in Tokyo, Japan on March 2. “Much to our disappointment, in the interest of public safety our March 17+18 dates in Tokyo have been canceled,” they tweeted. “We look forward to returning in the future and performing for our friends in Japan.”
– Old Dominion – The band announced that they would withdraw from their upcoming performance as part of the C2C Music Festival in Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Glasgow.
– Ozzy Osbourne – The rocker pulled out of a scheduled appearance at SXSW, just a day before the festival was officially cancelled.
– Pentatonix – The group cancelled the European leg of their world tour on March 10, writing in a social media statement, “Despite our best efforts and intentions, it is, simply, no longer possible for us to execute this tour the way we’d want to: safely, confidently and completely.” The promised to reschedule the dates, asking fans to “hold on to your tickets as we will follow up as soon as possible with information on each show.”
– Stormzy, Heavy Is the Head tour – The British rapper postponed the Asian leg of his tour on Feb. 13. “I was seriously looking forward to bringing the #HITH world tour to Asia and playing some epic sold-out shows,” he tweeted, “but due to the ongoing health and travel concerns surrounding the coronavirus, I’m regrettably having to reschedule this leg of the tour.”
– Taeyeon, The Unseen tour – The South Korean pop star announced on Jan. 29 that her Feb. 1 concert at Singapore Indoor Stadium would be canceled.
– Zac Brown Band, The Owl Tour – The band announced they were postponing the spring 2020 leg of The Owl Tour on March 10. “This was an extremely difficult decision, but the well-being of our fans is always our top priority. Rescheduled dates for all spring shows (through Nashville on April 25) will be announced soon,” they announced in a statement. “We ask that our fans retain their tickets as they will be honored on the new dates. At this time, our “Roar With The Lions” Summer 2020 tour dates (commencing in May) will be performed as planned. Thank you for your understanding.”
– Cher, Here We Go Again Tour – On Wednesday, March 11, Cher made the call to cancel her upcoming concert performance in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena after it was announced that the upcoming NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Utah Jazz, which would have been held at the arena, was cancelled — and the NBA season suspended — after a player for the Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. “I AM SO SORRY,BUT YOUR HEALTH IS PARAMOUNT,” Cher tweeted, in part. “CONCERTS R AMAZING FUN,BUT NOTHING IS WORTH YOUR HEALTH.I ♥️ALL OF YOU,BUT THIS MORNING IT FELT IT WASNT SAFE.”
AWARDS SHOWS AND CEREMONIES
– BMI Latin Awards 2020 – The Latin music awards show, set to take place on March 31, was postponed on March 10 as BMI announced in a statement, “The health and safety of our employees and affiliates is our number one priority, and as a result, BMI is postponing its upcoming Latin Awards show, originally scheduled for March 31 in Los Angeles. We plan to reschedule the Latin Awards at a later date and look forward to honoring Wisin y Yandel with our President’s Award and celebrating our talented family of Latin music creators.”
– GLAAD Media Awards – GLAAD’s Rich Ferraro, Chief Communications Officer and an Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, issued the following statement on March 11: “Given GLAAD’s long-standing commitment to the safety of our members, sponsors, and guests, the GLAAD Media Awards will no longer take place on March 19th in New York City… We are beyond proud to honor Ryan Murphy and Judith Light, two trailblazing beacons of LGBTQ advocacy and inclusion, and we will ensure their game-changing work is rightfully recognized at another time. We are so thankful to our host Lilly Singh, performers Adam Lambert and Ben Platt, and all of the LGBTQ people who were working hard to ensure our stage show would once again send much-needed messages of LGBTQ acceptance around the globe.”
– Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 – On March 11, Nickelodeon postponed the 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards, which were scheduled to be held on Sunday, March 22 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. “The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority,” the network told ET in a statement. “We will have further information about a new date in the future.”
– Life Achievement Award Gala – The American Film Institute postponed the annual ceremony due to concerns over the spread of virus on March 7. The gala, set this year to honor Julie Andrews, was scheduled to take place April 25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will be rescheduled for a date in early summer.
– 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – The event was to take place on May 2 at Cleveland’s Public Hall, but ET confirms that it has been postponed. “The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is being postponed to a future date. The ceremony was scheduled to be broadcast live for the first time on HBO on May 2 at 8 p.m. ET at Cleveland’s Public Hall,” reads a statement from HBO.
RELEASES & PREMIERES
– A Quiet Place Part II — “To all our A Quiet Place fans, one of the things I’m most proud of is that people have said our movie is one you have to see all together,” director John Krasinski wrote. “Well due to the ever-changing circumstances of what’s going on in the world around us, now is clearly not the right time to do that.”
“As insanely excited as we are for all of you to see this movie… I’m gonna wait to release the film til we CAN all see it together!” he continued. “So here’s to our group movie date! See you soon! #AQuietPlacePart2… Take2.”
– Fast & Furious 9 – Vin Diesel’s Fast & Furious 9, originally set for release Memorial Day 2020, has been postponed. The new release date is April 2021.
“To our family of Fast fans everywhere, We feel all the love and the anticipation you have for the next chapter in our saga. That’s why it’s especially tough to let you know that we have to move the release date of the film,” a statement read. “It’s become clear that it won’t be possible for all of our fans around the world to see the film this May. We are moving the global release date to April 2021, with North America opening on April 2.”
– Little Fires Everywhere – The premiere event for the new Hulu series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, set for March 12 was canceled by the streaming service the day prior “out of an abundance of caution.” The series will still premiere as planned on Hulu on March 18.
– The Lovebirds – The romantic comedy starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae has also been postponed. Originally scheduled to hit theaters April 3, no new release date has been set at this time.
– No Time to Die – The film, which marks star Daniel Craig’s swan song as James Bond, pushed its April release to Nov. 25. “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of NO TIME TO DIE will be postponed until November 2020,” the official James Bond account tweeted on March 4.
-Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – Multiple sources reported on March 10 that the release of the animated sequel — starring Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and James Corden — would be pushed to Aug. 7.
TV & FILM PRODUCTIONS
In addition to the shows and movies listed below, Deadline reports that Universal Television has delayed production on season two of Netflix’s Russian Dolls, season two of Apple’s Little America, and season one of Peacock’s Rutherford Falls.
– The Amazing Race – The CBS reality competition show announced on Feb. 28 that they were halting production over coronavirus concerns. “Due to increased concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus around the world, CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race have taken the precautionary measure of temporarily suspending production on the 33rd season of the series,” a network spokesperson said in a statement to ET.
– The Bachelorette – Bachelor host Chris Harrison told ET on March 11 that travel for Clare Crawley’s upcoming season of The Bachelorette has been restricted to North America, in addition to increased precautionary measures on set. “We’re not going to be doing the elaborate all around the world tour, because you just can’t right now.” Harrison also noted that the planned Bachelor Summer Games was “highly unlikely” due to restrictions on international travel.
– Big Brother – The CBS reality show announced via Instagram on March 10 that “all casting calls or [Season 22] in the upcoming weeks have been postponed for the time being.” Instead, producers encourage those who are interested in being on the show to fill out an online application. While the post does not specify why casting calls have been postponed, a source connected to the show confirms to ET that the decision is in response to coronavirus concerns.
– Elvis biopic – The as-yet-untitled project, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Austin Butler as the “Hound Dog” crooner, reportedly halted production after Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson tested positive for coronavirus. Gold Coast Bulletin reporter Ryan Keen first reported the news after Hanks shared his diagnosis on March 11.
– The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – On March 10, ET confirmed that the Disney+ series, which stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, had shut down production in Prague over coronavirus concerns and called everyone home to Atlanta. As of now, the series is still set to the start streaming in August 2020.
– Mission: Impossible 7 – A spokesperson from Paramount Pictures told ET on Feb. 25 that filming on Mission: Impossible 7 had been put on hold in Italy. “Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan for our three-week shoot in Venice, the scheduled first leg of an extensive production for Mission: Impossible 7,” the statement read. “During this hiatus, we want to be mindful of the concerns of the crew and are allowing them to return home until production starts. We will continue to monitor this situation, and work alongside health and government officials as it evolves.”
– The Morning Show – The HBO series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston is taking a two-week hiatus on filming season two. “In concert with our dedicated partners at Apple, we have concluded it would be prudent to take a two-week hiatus to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show,” Michael Ellenberg, founder and CEO of Media Res, told ET in a statement.
– The Prom – According to Deadline, production on Ryan Murphy’s musical movie, starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, has shut down production for the time being even though it was set to wrap within the next few days.
– Riverdale – Production on the CW drama was suspended “out of an abundance of caution” after a crew member had contact with someone who contracted the COVID-19 virus. A source told ET that production was being halted until March 13, and that the main cast was filming on March 11 before the shut down. “We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member,” said Warner Bros. Television in a statement to ET. “The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world.”
– Survivor – On March 11, CBS announced that production on the 41st season of Survivor, which was set to begin in Fiji in March, had been delayed until May. “Due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally, CBS and the producers of Survivor have taken the precautionary measure to delay production on the 41st season, which was set to begin filming later this month in Fiji,” read the statement from a CBS spokesperson. “Pending worldwide events, the plan is to return to production on May 19th. The health and safety of the castaways and production members is our top priority.”
– Indian Wells Tennis Tournament – On Sunday, organizers of the BNP Paribas Open in Southern California, one of the world’s leading tennis tournaments, announced that the sporting event would not be held on March 9-22 as planned. “The Riverside County Public Health Department has declared a public health emergency for the Coachella Valley after a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) locally,” a statement read. “As a result, the 2020 BNP Paribas Open will not take place at this time due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and the safety of the participants and attendees at the event.”
– Ivy League NCAA Basketball Tournament – The conference cancelled their basketball championship tournaments on March 10, announcing that the regular season champions — Yale for the men, Princeton for the women — would represent the Ivy League in the upcoming NCAA tournament. “We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said. “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”
– Major League Soccer 2020 Season – The MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a release: “Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,””We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”
– MLB 2020 Spring Training – The league has canceled the rest of spring training and is delaying the start of the regular season by at least two weeks.
– NBA 2020 season – The NBA announced on March 11 that they were suspending the season “until further notice” and using the hiatus to “determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” This news came after the league confirmed that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for the COVID-19 virus shortly before the Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was subsequently canceled.
– NCAA Final Four Tournament – The NCAA announced on March 11 that all upcoming men’s and women’s championship events — including the mega-popular basketball tournaments — will be played with only essential staff and limited family attendance. “While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.”
– NHL 2020 Season – “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019‑20 season beginning with tonight’s games,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.
– Tokyo Olympics Media Summit – The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced on March 9 that they have postponed their upcoming media summit for the Tokyo Olympic Games out of “an abundance of caution.” The event was supposed to take place from March 15-18 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. According to a statement released by USOPC Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Luella Chavez D’Angelo, the decision was made “in an effort to limit any potential exposure to the coronavirus, COVID-19, by Team USA athletes, members of the media, staff and volunteers… We are already at work exploring ways to recreate, or find new, opportunities for athletes and media — be they in-person or remote,” the statement added. “We thank all who had planned to attend for their interest, support and understanding.”
FASHION & BEAUTY
– Gucci – In early March, the Italian luxury brand cancelled its upcoming Cruise 2021 show in San Francisco, which was planned for May 18.
– Prada – The brand postponed its planned Resort 2021 show, scheduled for May 21 in Tokyo, on. Feb. 17. “This decision was made as a precautionary measure as well as an act of responsibility and respect for all the people working on and planning to attend our resort 2021 show,” the company said in a statement. “Prada extends its sincere sympathies and concern to all the people and territories affected by this situation.”
– Ralph Lauren – WWD reported on March 3 that the fashion brand announced the cancellation of its Fall/Winter 2020 fashion show, which was set to take place in New York in April. Lauren skipped on showing the new collection during New York Fashion Week in February.
– Selena Gomez’s company, Rare Beauty’s, planned community campaign– “The health and well-being of our community is always going to be our highest priority. In light of the latest updates and rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we’ve unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our #WeAreRare community call photoshoot until further notice,” Rare Beauty said in a statement on its Instagram Story. “We would have loved to meet some members in person in March, we each have to do our part to limit the spread of Coronavirus.”
– Katherine Schwarzenegger – The author announced that she would canceling her The Gift of Forgiveness book tour. “Thank you ALL for your amazing support of #thegiftofforgiveness! Unfortunately, my publishers and I have decided to postpone the remainder of the book tours in person events. We need to listen to government officials, and our top priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy,” she posted to Instagram.
– Quibi Pre-Launch Party – On March 9, the upcoming streaming serving announced that they’d no longer be hosting the pre-launch party they’d planned for April 5 in Culver City, California, a day before the new app launches. “While we look forward to launching the Quibi app on April 6, we have decided to cancel our pre-launch event party out of an abundance of caution as we continue to monitor COVID-19,” a spokesperson for the shortform digital media platform said in a statement to ET. “Supporting the health and well-being of everyone involved is our top priority.”
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art – “Right now all museum events are cancelled through April 3. Given the uncertain public health environment, we will review on a rolling basis which museum events beyond April 3 will be cancelled or postponed. We are hoping for the best, but public health and safety are our first priorities,” a museum spokesperson said in a statement to ET.
– Smithsonian Museum – “Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. We appreciate your understanding,” reads the statement.
– St. Patrick’s Day Parades – Festivities in Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New Orleans have been canceled or postponed ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday due to concerns about the virus.
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