A full list of canceled events due to fears amid Covid 19 -Coronavirus.
Artwork by Louise Zergaeng
The coronavirus outbreak has been spreading at a staggering rate. New cases of the virus have been confirmed in parts of the U.S. on Friday. With more than 100,000 people infected worldwide, the US and Europe struggle to contain the virus with the Chinese province of Wuhan at the center of the outbreak. The death toll in the US has increased to 14 with more than 225 confirmed cases across the country.
The CDC is urging people to continue practicing preventative measures, such as routine hand washing and self isolation for anyone who shows cold or flu symptoms. A growing number of Universities have canceled classes for thousands of students to prevent further outbreak including the University of Washington.
In an effort to halt further contamination and spread of COVID 19, many large events and entertainment attractions are being canceled, postponed or closed off to prevent further outbreak.
The annual South By Southwest music festival has been canceled with sponsors Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Mashable, TikTok and Amazon pulling out from participation. More than 40,000 people have signed a petition for the event to be called off. The decision will cost SXSW hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism, ticket sales, and advertising. Last year, the festival made over $355 million for the city of Austin.
Los Angeles Marathon - will go on:
Over 27,000 athletes across 50 states and 78 countries will set out from Dodger Stadium to reach the finish line in Santa Monica.
TwitchCon Europe 2020 - Canceled
TwitchCon Europe 2020 which was scheduled to take place at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands from May 2–3 has been canceled due to coronavirus fears.
Google News Initiative 2020 - Canceled
On Friday, Richard Gingras, Vice President of Google News, called off its annual Google news conference, where hundreds of media-industry attendees would have attended in Sunnyvale, California, in April.
Geneva International Auto Show - Canceled
The annual Geneva International Motor Show has been canceled by the Swiss government who has put an immediate ban on all public and private events involving more than 1,000 people until at least March 15. Switzerland has reported 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus. The show was originally scheduled to kick off March 5, with an estimated $257 million dollars lost in spending, according to the Associated Press.
BTS Asia Shows -Canceled
One of the most popular K-pop groups, BTS, has cancelled April tour dates scheduled in Seoul over coronavirus concerns.
Green Day Asia Shows - Canceled
American punk band Green Day postponed show dates in Asia "due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus," the group said on Twitter. "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."
Mariah Carey Rescheduled Hawaii Show
Singer Mariah Carey broke the news via social media that she would have to reschedule her upcoming show in Hawaii due to travel restrictions. The show is slated to take place in November.
Avril Lavigne - Postponed Tour Dates
Avril Lavigne has postponed tour dates for Asia for her, Head Above Water World Tour.
Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con -Canceled
With many reported coronavirus cases and deaths in Washington State, the Emerald City Comic Con has been canceled.
Ultra Music Festival -Miami Canceled
Ultra Music Festival - Miami has been canceled which was previously scheduled for March 20-22 due to coronavirus concerns.
Sonic The Hedgehog -Delayed
Chinese premiere delayed.
James Bond - No Time to Die Press Tour -Postponed
The James Bond - No Time to Die press tour canceled its China premiere in China and delayed the film’s release to November 2020.
Game Developers Conference - GDC Nevada -Canceled
The annual Game Developers Conference which was to take place in Nevada has been canceled with several big names like Blizzard Entertainment, EA and Microsoft backing out of this year’s conference.
Facebook F8 developer conference -Canceled
Facebook called off its annual F8 developer conference which is the company's largest “in-person” annual event. The conference would have brought together thousands of software engineers and Facebook employees to Silicon Valley on May 5 and 6. Instead, Facebook will livestream the conference.
Disney resorts in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo -Closed
Disney Resort in Tokyo Disney has closed until March 15 due to the coronavirus. Disney Shanghai has been closed since January 24. Disney Hong Kong closed the park to public shortly after on January 25.
Sports Events with Crowd Free Games:
Major sports organizations and team executives have considered playing without an live audience due to coronavirus. Players of the NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL have been advised by the CDC to to avoid high-fives and shaking hands with fans.
Versace Cruise Fashion Show - Canceled
Versace has postponed its forthcoming Cruise show slated for May 16 in the US.
Giorgio Armani Dubai Fashion Show - Canceled
Giorgio Armani has postponed its November presentation which was to take place in Dubai on April 19th and 20th.
Ralph Lauren NY Fashion Show - April Canceled
Ralph Lauren canceled an upcoming New York show that was planned for April and pulled out of NYFW in February.
Gucci Cruise 2021 Show - Canceled
Gucci has cancelled its 2021 Cruise Show show to take place in San Francisco on 18 May.
Prada Cruise 2021 Show - Canceled
Prada has postponed its upcoming cruise 2021 show which was to take place in Japan on May 21, 2020.
Armani Milan Fashion Week 2020 -Canceled
Giorgio Armani’s has pulled out of showing its autumn/winter 2020 womenswear presentation in Milan amid coronavirus fears. Instead the luxury brand will live stream the event on Armani.com and its social media platforms.
The virus continues to spread due to lack of testing kits. President Donald Trump announced on Friday (March 6) that he has signed a $8.3 billion emergency spending package to combat the virus.