More than 119,000 people have been infected worldwide, with more than 4,200 deaths as of Tuesday night. In the United States, there are more than 970 confirmed cases, according to a coronavirus data dashboard run by Johns Hopkins University.
Two of the world’s most famous St. Patrick’s Day parades were recently canceled. City officials in Boston and Dublin, Ireland, said Monday that their parades are off and so are many of the multimillion-dollar festivities surrounding them. Other cities may soon follow.
Following the cancellation of South by Southwest and Ultra Music Festival in Miami, a petition circulating online called for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to be canceled. Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that produces Coachella and Stagecoach, moved the festivals to Oct. 9-11 and 16-18 and Oct. 23-25, respectively.
The fast-spreading virus has also threatened this summer’s Tokyo Olympic Games, killing six in Japan and shutting down most schools, sports competitions and Olympic-related events in the country.
Many other major gatherings have been postponed, canceled, or turned into online-only events.
Cancellations announced week of March 8: Coachella, St. Patrick’s Day parades, 2020 BNP Paribas Open
- Madonna canceled two Madame X shows in France scheduled for March 10-11.
- Seattle-based rock band Pearl Jam announced Monday the postponement of its North American tour. The 16-date tour was scheduled to run from March 18 to April 19.
- The Round 5 Guinness Six Nations match between France and Ireland have been postponed after receiving instructions from the French government. The match was set to be held on March 14, but organizers have not announced a new date for the game.
- The Italian Olympic Committee announced Monday that all sporting events will be suspended until April 3 at the earliest.
- France has banned all gatherings of more than 1,000 people to prevent the spread of the virus.
- The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee canceled its media summit for the Tokyo Games on Monday, less than a week before it was supposed to begin, because of fears about the spread of the coronavirus.
- Santa Clara County in California has canceled mass gatherings of more than 1,000 people. The mass-gathering ban will go into effect starting at 12 a.m. PDT Wednesday and will last at least three weeks. The move will directly impact events held at San Jose’s SAP Center – home of the NHL’s Sharks and AHL’s Barracuda – as well as at Earthquakes Stadium – home of the MLS’ Earthquakes – and potentially sporting events at Stanford University in Palo Alto.
- Miley Cyrus, who was set to headline an Australian bushfire relief concert on March 13, released a statement saying she’s “no longer traveling to Australia for the show.”
- St. Patrick’s Day parades and the multi-million dollar festivities surrounding them have been canceled in Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland.
- After more than 100 authors pulled out of the Tuscon Festival of Books, the event was canceled by organizers on Monday. It was set to be held on March 14-15.
- The 2020 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California has been canceled. Tournament Director Tommy Haas said, “We are prepared to hold the tournament on another date and will explore options.” The tournament was supposed to run through March 22 and has been held every year since 1976.
- The two-week International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championshipwas canceled Saturday. It was set to open March 31.
- UNICEF postponed its 2020 UNICEF Ball, scheduled for March 14 in Beverly Hills.
- The MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the annual Austin motorcycle race at Circuit of the Americas, has been postponed until Nov. 15, race officials announced. The race was scheduled to take place April 3-5.
- Coachella is being rescheduled for Oct. 9-11 and 16-18. Stagecoach will take place Oct. 23-25.
Cancellations announced week of March 2: SXSW, Ultra Music festival, TED conference
- The 10-day South by Southwest music, film and technology conference, also known as SXSW, has been canceled. Nearly 300,000 people attended in 2019. It was set to begin March 13.
- Baltimore’s Women of the World Festival,which was set to take place Saturday and draw more than 1,000 attendees, has been canceled.
- The 58th Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program was canceled Thursday two days before students were due to arrive in Washington, D.C. It is the second time the program has been canceled in its almost 60-year history.
- On Wednesday, Northwestern University canceled its annual Dance Marathon and all university-sponsored spring break trips to international destinations, “due to a number of factors associated with the spread of COVID-19 here and abroad.”
- Organizers canceled electronic music festival Tomorrowland Winter 2020, which was scheduled to take place March 14 -21 in Alpe d’Huez, a ski resort in southeastern France.
- The TED conference scheduled to be held in Vancouver on April 20-24 will be postponed or held virtually, according to the BBC.
- HIMSS canceled its health technology conference, 2020 Global Health Conference & Exhibition, where President Trump was scheduled to speak. It’s the first cancellation in the conference’s 58-year history, officials said Thursday. The conference was set for March 9-13 in Orlando.
- The American Bar Association canceled its National Institute on White Collar Crime. The event was scheduled for March 11-13 in San Diego.
- The Ultra Music Festival in Miami, scheduled for March 20-22, has been postponed until March 26-28, 2021, organizers announced on their website.
- Adobe has canceled the physical portion of its annual summit that was set to take place in Las Vegas March 29 to April 2. The event will instead be “an online experience.”
More previously canceled events: ‘No Time to Die,’ ASEAN Summit
- Green Day announced on social media that it’s nixing tour dates in Asia “due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus.” Green Day was scheduled to perform in Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan starting in March as part of its “Hella Mega Tour.”
- The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing has been postponed until 2021, according to a press release. The games were set to take place from March 13-15
- President Donald Trump’s administration has postponed a special summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. It was supposed to be held in Las Vegas on March 14th.
- The International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors decided not to hold The Inspired Home Show 2020, which was expected to attract about 60,000 people to Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center on March 14-17.
- Microsoft’s MVP summit, a networking event for the tech giant’s “Most Valuable Professional” program will transition to an online-only event and will take place from March 16th to 20th, the same week the physical event was previously scheduled.
- The Livre Paris book fair in Paris was canceled following the French government’s decision banning all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people. It was scheduled for March 20-23.
- Nvidia announced its GPU Technology Conference i which was scheduled for March 22-26 will now be an online event.
- The Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy, which draws more than 1,400 exhibitors and around 30,000 professional visitors to experience the world of children’s books, illustration and multimedia content, has been rescheduled from March 30-April 2 to May 4-7.
- The release date for Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film “No Time to Die” has been postponed from April 2 to November. “After careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace,” the film’s producers said the release would be postponed from its original April release date to Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 25 in the U.S.
- Google has canceled the physical portion of its largest event, the cloud-focused annualCloud Next conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The company has decided to “reimagine” the conference as “a free, global, digital-first, multi-day event, which will still take place from April 6-8, 2020.”
- Korean pop group BTS was scheduled to bring its BTS Map of the Soul Tour on April 11-12 and April 18-19 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea.
- The 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank, announced they will replace their regular spring meetings in Washington, D.C., scheduled for April 17-19 with a “virtual format.”
- The 2020 Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed from April 17-19 until later in the year
- Organizers of the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition have postponed the event, which was going to be held at China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. It was set to take place form April 21-30, but a new date will be announced, according to the event’s website.
- Avril Lavigne was scheduled to begin the Asian leg of her Head Above Water World Tour in Shenzhen, China, on April 23.She was scheduled to perform in Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, among other Chinese cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai.
- Facebookcanceled the in-person portion of its F8 developer conference “to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on,” the company said. The company will use a combination of locally-hosted events, videos and live-streamed content to bring developers together instead of the May 5-6 event.
- IBM has canceled the physical portion of its biggest developer conference, IBM Think which was set to take place from May 5-7. The conference will instead be “recreated as a global, digital-first event” featuring a combination of “live streamed content, interactive sessions and certifications and locally hosted events.” IBM has also curtailed international travel, suspended all domestic travel for internal meetings and barred employees from participating in “all external events with more than 1,000 attendees.”
- Google canceled the physical portion of its I/O developer conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on May 12-14 “due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities,” it said on the event’s website.
- Organizers announced the Global Gaming Expo Asia, Asia’s biggest casino industry trade show, has been postponed and will no longer take place May 19-21. The expo will be held at the end of July in Macao. More than 13,000 people attended last year’s expo, jointly organized by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions.
- The world’s biggest mobile phone show, Mobile World Congress, canceled its gathering in Barcelona, Spain, after exhibitors and companies pulled out of the event which was scheduled for Feb. 24-27.
- The American Physical Society annual meeting in Denver which was scheduled for March 2-6 was canceled “due to rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus disease,” according to its website.
- Natural Products Expo West which was set to take place in Anaheim, California on March 3-7 will be postponed until the summer organizers said in a statement.
- The 32nd annual Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Sports Festival opened March 4 in Columbus, Ohio, with 22,000 athletes, but no spectators were being allowed – except for the finals at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
- The Chicago State University men’s basketball team did not travel for two regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference games on March 5 and 7 and its women’s team did not host two games, the school said citing the spread of the coronavirus.
- The Geneva International Motor show was canceled after the Swiss government put an immediate ban on all large events in order to halt the spread of the new coronavirus. Instead of the in person event scheduled for March 5-15, organizers will stream the press conferences and presentations of the world premieres organized by the manufacturers in different locations, some of which will be live, according to the event’s website.
- CERAWeek, one of the premier energy industry conferences, canceled its annual gathering in Houston, scheduled for March 9-13.
- Facebook canceled its annual Global Marketing Summit which was expected to draw 5,000 international attendees at the Moscone Center on March 9-12, as first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Mariah Carey announced on Twitter that she was rescheduling a March 10 concert in Hawaii. Carey moved her Honolulu concert stop to Nov. 28.
- The London Book Fair, which usually draws more than 25,000 writers, agents and publishers to one of the international publishing industry’s biggest gatherings, was canceled. It was due to take place at London’s Olympia conference venue on March 10-12.
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