As concern grows 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 and tours, including The Rolling Stones, Mandy Moore, the Foo Fighters and Elton John. In addition, a slew of shows and movies have halted production due to the outbreak, including Avatar sequels, The Matrix 4, The Morning Show and The Prom.
It was recently announced that the annual Kentucky Derby, which was to take place on May 2, has been rescheduled for the first time since 1945. The yearly Met Gala, which is always held on the first Monday of May, has been postponed as well.
Filming on big blockbuster productions like Robert Pattinson’s upcoming turn as the Caped Crusader in The Batman and the latest dinosaur installment of Jurassic World: Dominion have been delayed.
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.
The ACM awards — scheduled for April 5 in Las Vegas — has been postponed, along with Nickelodeon’s 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards and the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards.
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.
As for sporting events, the NBA, MLB, NHL and MLS have all suspended their seasons.
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 supportive of organizations canceling 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 by category. Check back regularly for new updates.
– 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.”
– Billie Eilish, Where Do We Go? tour – Just three days after kicking off her Where Do We Go? tour in Miami, the “Everything I Wanted” singer announced that all of her North American tour dates have been postponed until further notice, with details on those dates coming soon. All tickets will be honored for the new dates.
“I’m so sad to do this but we need to postpone these dates to keep everyone safe,” Eilish said in a press release. “We’ll let you know when they can be rescheduled. Please keep yourselves healthy. I love you.”
– 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!”
– Boyz II Men – The R&B group canceled their shows from March 13 – 15 at The Mirage Theater in Las Vegas.
– Bret Michaels – The rock star was forced to cancel his performance on the Royal Caribbean’s ’80s cruise.
– 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 canceled 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.
– Celine Dion, Courage World Tour – The singer’s shows from March 24 through April 27 will be rescheduled. “Rescheduled dates will be announced shortly. Ticket holders of the postponed performances will receive more information shortly and should keep their original tickets to use at the rescheduled dates later this year,” the statement reads. “Celine and Concerts West/AEG Presents apologize for any inconvenience this causes ticket holders.”
– 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.
– Dan + Shay, The (ARENA) Tour – The country music duo is moving their tour from the spring to the summer, with the new kick-off date being July 30 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “These shows mean the world to us, and it was important that they be postponed and not canceled, but more than the shows, our fans mean the world to us, and protecting their safety is the number one priority. We want the shows to be memorable, and not experienced with fear,” they said in a statement. “Thank you all for your patience and understanding. It is a strange, strange time for all of us, but we felt this was the right thing to do. Previously purchased tickets will be honored at all rescheduled dates. We hope everyone can make it. Keep an eye on venue websites for further information and updates. Stay safe out there.”
– Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – The music icon’s team said in a statement: “After serious consideration, it is with deep regret that Elton John will postpone a portion of upcoming North American dates on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour from March 26 through May 2, 2020. The May 22 thru July 8 performances remain as scheduled. This tough decision has been made with the safety and well-being of his fans put to the fore, at a time when health services are under increased pressure and with the concern that these gatherings risk accelerating the spread of the coronavirus.”
– Foo Fighters, Van Tour 2020 – The rock band tweeted on March 16 that they rescheduled their shows from April 12 to April 20.
– 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) ❤️.”
– iHeartCountry Festival – The event, presented by Capital One, that was to be held on May 2 at the Frank Erwin Center will be rescheduled at a later date.
– Jerry Seinfeld – The comedian announced that he would be 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.”
– Jonas Brothers, Las Vegas – Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas announced via Instagram on Friday, March 13 that they have canceled their April 1-18 Las Vegas residency at Park MGM. “We love you guys and we are praying for everyone’s safety and wellness,” they shared. “We’ll see you soon.”
– Kelly Clarkson, Las Vegas – The American Idol alum’s upcoming Las Vegas residency, set to begin on April 1, has been postponed until July. Clarkson announced on Twitter, “As you may know, production on The Kelly Clarkson Show was temporarily shut down late last night and out of concern and care for everyone’s safety, we have chosen to postpone the April 1st opening of my Las Vegas residency, Invincible, until July. Details regarding ticket replacement are forthcoming and I can’t wait to see you think summer. For now, please keep your loved ones close, safe and healthy.”
– Lionel Richie, Las Vegas – The singer’s performances scheduled for Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas have been postponed. New performance dates will be announced soon.
– Louis Tomlinson – On March 16, the former One Direction member announced on Twitter that he had to reschedule his U.K. tour that was to start the following week. He assured fans that he was working with venues and the promoter to make new plans that will be announced “very soon.”
– Maluma, Maluma 11:11 – The Colombian singer and his management company, WK Entertainment, have decided to postpone shows in the remaining 14 European cities of his world tour because they are “respecting the request of the European government with regards to the global COVID-19 health pandemic.”
– Mandy Moore – The singer-actress announced via social media on March 16 that her tour that was supposed to start in Pittsburgh on March 20 has been postponed “in the interest of safety and well fare for us all.”
– 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.
– Miranda Lambert, Australia – The country singer announced via Instagram on Friday, March 13 that she would no longer be performing Down Under. “Australia, as you may have already heard, the Australian government has put restrictions in place, banning gatherings of more than 500 people,” she explained. “I’m so sad that we won’t be able to play some country music for y’all! I’ll be thinking of you and hope you stay safe and healthy. Love, M.”
– 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 canceled,” 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 canceled.
– Pentatonix – The group canceled 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.”
– Reba McEntire – The country star announced on March 12 that she would be postponing her upcoming arena tour, originally scheduled to launch in a week. The newly rescheduled dates launch July 9 in Huntsville, Alabama, and wrap August 8 in Evansville, Indiana. Previously purchased tickets will be honored for all dates. “For the safety of everyone, we have decided to postpone our new arena tour until July,” shares Reba. “All tickets will be honored for the new dates. Most importantly, stay safe and take care of you and your loved ones. We’ll get through this together.”
– The Rolling Stones, No Filter – The summer tour was due to kick off in San Diego on May 8 and end in Atlanta on July 9. All concerts have been postponed and AEG Presents/ Concerts West has advised ticket holders to hold onto their original tickets and await further information.
“We’re hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour. We are sorry to all the fans who were looking forward to it as much as we were, but the health and safety of everyone has to take priority. We will all get through this together – and we’ll see you very soon,” the band said in a statement.
– 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.
– STYX – The rock band opted to postpone their scheduled concerts in March, starting on March 13 through March 28. The shows are currently being rescheduled and will be announced in the coming weeks. “STYX is grateful for their fans’ continued support,” they stated via a press release.
– Taylor Swift’s March Madness Concert – The singer was scheduled to headline Capital One’s JamFest in Atlanta on April 5, as part of the 2020 NCAA March Madness Music Festival. It has now been canceled after the event was nixed when the NCAA pulled the plug on its Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournament.
– Trevor Noah – The Daily Show host announced that he would be postponing all of his stand-up tour dates for the remainder of March. He also assured fans that he would reschedule those dates.
– Vanessa Carlton, Love Is an Art Tour – The singer’s team announced that both the first and second legs of Carlton’s forthcoming tour will be rescheduled “to help limit the instances of group gatherings” and to do whatever is possible to prevent the spread and keep people healthy. “We are living through a very challenging time right now and our hearts go out to all those affected by Covid-19. While we know we will persevere and life will return to normal, at the moment, our number one concern is helping to ensure everyone remains safe,” Carlton’s team expressed in a statement released on March 16. “Many of the states and countries (we’re looking at you Canada) where the tour was headed, have already issued guidelines about events, and we expect others will follow suit shortly. While we don’t yet know exactly when these shows will be rescheduled, once we do, we will let you know. For now, please hold onto your tickets as they will be honored for the new dates.” Carlton added a statement of her own, explaining, “I will not put any of you in a position where you may become sick, so we must postpone our tour. But, we are going to do all we can to reschedule these dates, and when we do, we’ll bring you an epic show! Meanwhile wash your hands 9000 times a day. Thank you for your understanding and your support — and be safe!” Meanwhile, Carlton’s new album, Love Is an Art, will still come out March 27.
– 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.”
AWARDS SHOWS AND CEREMONIES
– ACM Awards – It was revealed on March 15 that the Academy of Country Music Awards, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on April 5, has been postponed and will air on CBS in September, at a date, time and venue to be determined.
“The ACM Awards® is a tentpole event for our Country Music industry, and the Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions went to great lengths to find a safe solution for the show to go on so that we can honor our artist community. This decision involved many partners, stakeholders and the industry who we have been in constant conversations with over the past several days as the situation has developed. We look forward to identifying a future date that we can celebrate with our Country community safely,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.
Refunds will be issued for tickets purchased for the ACM Awards and ACM Party for a Cause® events, including ACM Lifting Lives® Topgolf Tee-Off and ACM Beach Bash.
– BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards and Television Awards – “Following the latest government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), we regret to announce that the British Academy Television Craft Awards and Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards, originally scheduled for 26 April and 17 May respectively, will be postponed until later in the year,” read a statement from BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
– 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.”
– 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards and 71st annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards – Both events were scheduled for April but have now been postponed ‘based on government guidance regarding events of 500 people or more during the continuing spread of the novel coronavirus,” Sports Emmy Award executive director Justine Gubar said in a statement.
– 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.”
– iHeartRadio Music Awards — The awards show that was scheduled for March 29 in Los Angeles, California, has now been postponed. “As you may know, the Shrine in Los Angeles recently announced that it is officially closed for events through March 31 the earliest — which includes the iHeartRadio Music Awards scheduled to air on FOX, Sunday, March 29. The safety of our guests, employees, artists and partners is our main priority. iHeartMedia and FOX will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests,” reads the statement.
– 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.
– The Razzie Awards – Scheduled to take place on for Saturday, March 14, the annual ceremony has been canceled. Razzie co-founder Mo Murphy tells ET that their “current production company partner has pulled the plug on the Razzie Awards due to force majeure, but we still have performers, a theater and we found a camera crew, and are ready to go. We would love for somebody to step in (for their show to go on)!”
– 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
– Fargo – FX said in a statement to ET, “Due to the postponement of production related to the coronavirus, the fourth installment of FX’s award-winning limited series Fargo will no longer premiere on Sunday, April 19th. A new premiere date will be determined once production resumes.”
– 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.
– The Matrix 4 – On March 16, ET confirmed the next installment in The Matrix franchise had shut down production in Berlin, Germany, until further notice due to coronavirus concerns.
– 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.
– 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.”
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 CW’s The Flash has also halted production. In addition, Netflix’s The Witcher and Amazon Prime’s shows Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty have put filming on hold.
– Apple TV+ – ET has learned that active filming on all Apple TV+ series, which are produced by outside studios, is being temporarily suspended. This includes shows like The Morning Show, Foundation, See, Servant, Lisey’s Story and For All Mankind.
– 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.
– Avatar Sequels – Filming of the sequels has been suspended in New Zealand. Producer Jon Landau told the New Zealand Herald, “We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here [Los Angeles], and come down there a little bit later than we’d planned.”
– The Bachelorette – On March 13, Warner Brothers announced that they would halting production on The Bachelorette and several other shows. “With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, Warner Bros. Television Group is halting production on some of our 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews remains our top priority. During this time, we will continue to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control as well as local officials and public health professionals in each city where our productions are based,” the statement reads.
– The Batman – On March 14, Warner Brothers Pictured announced that filming for Robert Pattinson’s The Batman would be going on hiatus for two weeks as the studio continued to monitor the situation. The action film was in production in the U.K.
– 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.
– Cinderella – On March 16, ET learned that with a travel ban extension to the United Kingdom, Cinderella production is on hiatus for two weeks.
– Disney’s Live-Action Films – Production has been halted on the Little Mermaid, which was supposed to begin shooting in London, Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, Home Alone, The Last Duel and Nightmare Alley. Pre-production has also been put on hold for Peter Pan & Wendy and Shrunk.
Disney-Fox said in a statement, “While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our productions, after considering the current environment and the best interests of our cast and crew, we have made the decision to pause production on some of our live-action films for a short time. We will continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”
– Disney TV Studios – Production has also been put on hold for shows Adopted, The Big Leap, The Big Sky, The Brides, Harlem’s Kitchen, Home Economics, Kids Matter Now, My Village, Ordinary Joe, Prospect, Rebel, Thirtysomething(Else), Untitled Kapnek/holland, Valley Trash, Work Wife and Wreckage. In addition, DTS will also be suspending production on limited series Genius: Aretha for at least three weeks.
– The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Production on the daytime talk show has been suspended until March 30, DeGeneres revealed on Twitter on March 13. “Hey there. Me again. So, after some more thought, we have decided to suspend production completely until March 30th. We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy. I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored,” she wrote.
– 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 start streaming in August 2020.
– Grey’s Anatomy – The medical drama is shutting down production for two weeks. Cast and crew received a message on March 12. “Out of an abundance of caution, production is postponed on Grey’s Anatomy effective immediately. We are going home now for at least two weeks and waiting to see how the coronavirus situation evolves,” the statement reads. “This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of the whole cast and crew and the safety of our loved ones outside of work, and it was made in accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s suggestion that we not gather in groups of more than 50.”
– Grace and Frankie – The seventh and final season of the Netflix comedy is being put on pause. “To ensure the health and safety of our cast and crew, Skydance has temporarily suspended filming for Grace and Frankie,” Skydance told ET in a statement.
– The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – CBS announced on March 12 that, “The Late Show has postponed production on the three original episodes scheduled for next week, which lead into a previously scheduled hiatus. We will continue to monitor the situation closely with plans to return on Monday, March 30.”
– 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.”
– NCIS – Sources tell ET that CBS TV Studios has stopped production on NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.
– The Price Is Rightand Card Sharks Season Two – Fremantle shared on March 12 that as live audiences are integral to the format of the shows, they will be suspending The Price Is Right production for the short term. “For similar reasons, we will be postponing the start of production for season two of Card Sharks. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and determine the appropriate time to resume normal course of business,” the statement reads.
– 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.”
– Saturday Night Live – The sketch comedy series has shut down until further notice, ET learned on March 16. SNL was originally supposed to return on March 28.
– So You Think You Can Dance – The reality dance competition announced on March 16 that they would no longer be holding the scheduled in-person casting auditions. Auditions submitted on-line will still be considered, and they will still be accepting on-line submissions until March 22.
– 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.”
– The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers – NBC announced that beginning March 13, both shows will suspend production through their previously planned hiatus, which was scheduled for the week of March 23. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and make decisions about future shows as we get closer to the start of production,” the statement said.
– Universal Pictures — “Live-action feature productions will ramp down and go on hiatus beginning this weekend. The studio continues to monitor the situation closely and will make a determination on when to restart production in the coming weeks,” a spokesperson for Universal Pictures announced. ET can confirm that the affected titles include Jurassic World: Dominion, Flint Strong, and an untitled Billy Eichner, Nick Stoller, Judd Apatow project that was in pre-production.
– Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen – Beginning Friday, March 13, the late-night show suspended production, noting that there would be no new episodes airing with the exception of a pre-recorded episode that would air March 19 on Bravo.
– The Wendy Williams Show – On March 12, it was confirmed that production would be on hold indefinitely. “The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. Considering the current escalation of the Coronavirus, production will be put on hold, indefinitely,” a statement read. “However, the office will remain open for you to pick up any materials or personal items. In place of live shows we will air repeats and we will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and city officials to determine the best time to return and produce live shows again. Thank you for everything you do and please stay safe!”
– WrestleMania – The WWE organization announced on March 16 that WrestleMania “and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place.” However, the match itself will still be held and streamed live on April 5 on on WWE Network and pay-per-view. “Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania,” the organization said in a statement.
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 canceled, 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.
– Tortuga Music Festival- Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival, in partnership with Live Nation, is rescheduled for Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, Florida. The beach side festival will include headliners Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw. Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Barenaked Ladies, Gabby Barrett, Lee Brice, Blanco Brown, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis, Gone West ft. Colbie Caillat, Riley Green, Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Hirie, Jon Pardi, Jon Langston, Tracy Lawrence, LOCASH, Pitbull, Runaway June, Cole Swindell, Toots and the Maytals, Vanilla Ice, Morgan Wallen, Ya’boys and additional artist Michael Ray will also take the main stage and sunset stage.
Tribeca Film Festival – The annual film festival was set to take place from April 15-26, but announced it was postponing this year’s event on March 12. “We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001,” Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises, said in a statement. “We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community. We have made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26) based on the announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences. We will be back to you shortly with our plans. Please check www.tribecafilm.com for the latest updates, ticket refund information and details about how we are moving forward.”
– 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.”
– Upfronts in New York – A number of networks are opting to skip the their Upfront presentations in the city. Discovery, Inc. announced on March 12 that it has canceled its event scheduled for May 12. NBC, CBS, WarnerMedia, the CW and Fox did the same.
– 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 canceled 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.”
– Kentucky Derby – For the first time since 1945, the Kentucky Derby will be postponed until Sept. 5, organizer Churchill Downs announced. It was originally to take place May 2 as the event is always held on the first Saturday of May.
– 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.
– NASCAR – On March 13, a statement was released on Twitter, which read: “NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend & Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend. We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety & well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport.”
– 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 Tournaments – On March 12, it was announced that all remaining games for the winter and spring championships would be canceled.
– 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.
– PGA Tour – The organization announced on March 12 that they would be canceling the Players Championship, as well as all PGA Tour events, across all of their Tours, in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open.
– 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 canceled its upcoming Cruise 2021 show in San Francisco, which was planned for May 18.
– 2020 Met Gala – According to Vogue, “due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date.” The event was to take place on Monday, May 4.
– 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.”
– AMC Theaters – As of Tuesday, March 17, all AMC theater locations will be closed for six to 12 weeks. “The closure ensures AMC’s compliance with the rapidly evolving local and federal government guidelines and requirements to shut theaters. All AMC Stubs A-List members will automatically have their accounts paused during the theater closure,” the company said in a statement.
– The Bachelor Live On Stage – The production took to Instagram on Thursday to announce that they will be postponing live shows until next month. “In conjunction with our theater partners and local health authorities, we are postponing The Bachelor Live On Stage through April 19. Out plan is to reschedule all affected events. As soon as we have new information, it will be shared via the tour’s website.”
-Barry’s Studio – As a result of COVID 19, Barry’s Bootcamp CEO Joey Gonzalez announced that all red rooms would be temporarily closed across the US and Canada.
– Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – The Atlantic City casino announced that it will comply with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s order and will temporarily suspend operations by 8 p.m. ET on Monday, March 16th.
– Caesars Entertainment – “All ticketed live entertainment held in Caesars Entertainment venues company-wide will suspend performances beginning this evening, Sunday, March 15, through March 31, 2020. Refunds and exchanges for affected dates are available at the point of purchase,” Caesars announced. “We are taking these bold measures now and look forward to welcoming guests back to enjoy world-class entertainment experiences as soon as we are able. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through these challenging circumstances.”
– Dancing With the Stars: Live! 2020 Tour – ABC announced in a statement to ET that effective Friday, March 13, all remaining dates on the tour have been postponed. “All tickets purchased for shows between March 13 through April 7 will be honored for the rescheduled dates once announced,” part of the statement read. “Purchasers will be notified in the coming weeks with details about the rescheduled show dates. On behalf of the entire Dancing With the Stars: Live! family, we thank you for your support and hope to see you very soon.” Read more here.
– Disneyland – On March 12, the theme park in Anaheim, California, announced, “While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month.”
“The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open,” the statement continued. “We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time.”
– Grand Ole Opry – the world’s longest-running radio show announced that, effective March 13, performances that include a live audience through April 4 have been put on pause.
– Hakkasan Group – The company is closing down its establishments in Las Vegas as well as San Diego. “The safety and well-being of our guests and employees has always been and will remain our top priority. Due to the unforeseeable ongoing impact of the COVID-19 virus we will temporarily suspend our Las Vegas venue operations until further notice. Our intention is to resume operations, pending further developments. In coordination with all recommended health and safety protocols from the Southern Nevada Health District, we will be continuing a professional deep cleaning and sanitation process of all Las Vegas venues,” read a statement on Instagram.
– Katherine Schwarzenegger Book Tour – The author announced that she would be 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.
– Los Angeles bars, gyms, theaters, and in-person dining – In efforts to help contain new cases of coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday that businesses that serve the public — including bars, nightclubs, gyms and movie theaters — will be closed. Similar to New York City, L.A. restaurants will no longer be allowed to serve food in person. Instead, residents are encouraged to use delivery, takeout and drive-thru options. Garcetti also encouraged churches and other religious institutions to voluntarily close their doors during this time.
– LA Pride 2020 – The annual LGBTQ parade will be postponed. “Organizers are assessing the situation. More information to be provided around the postponement as details become available,” the event’s official Twitter announced on March 12.
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art – “Right now all museum events are canceled through April 3. Given the uncertain public health environment, we will review on a rolling basis which museum events beyond April 3 will be canceled 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.
– MGM Resorts – The multinational hospitality company announced on Sunday that, as of March 17, they would be temporarily closing all of their properties in Las Vegas, which includes Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, New York New York, Park MGM and Vdara. “As the coronavirus pandemic has intensified in the United States over the past week, the people of MGM Resorts have worked to try to find a way to continue delivering high quality hospitality and entertainment experiences for our guests while keeping our employees doing the jobs they love in a safe environment,” Chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in a statement. “Despite our commitment to dedicating additional resources for cleaning and promoting good health, while making difficult decisions to close certain aspects of our operations, it is now apparent that this is a public health crisis that requires major collective action if we are to slow its progression. Accordingly, we will close all of our Las Vegas properties as of Tuesday, March 17th, for the good of our employees, guests and communities.” The resorts will not be taking reservations prior to May 1, at the earliest.
-New York City theaters, nightclubs and concert venues
Beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, all theaters, nightclubs and concert venues will shut down in NYC amid coronavirus concerns. All dining establishments will also become take-out and delivery only.
“This is not a decision I make lightly. These places are the heart and soul of our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.”
– Quibi Pre-Launch Party and Press Day – On March 9, the upcoming streaming serving announced that they’d no longer be hosting the press day or 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.”
– Regal Cinemas – Beginning March 17, Regal Cinemas will be shutting down all their theater locations until further notice.
– Rodeo Austin – The event, which was scheduled to take place March 14 to 28, was canceled. “At the direction of City of Austin and Travis County officials, Rodeo Austin is heartbroken that 2020 events have been canceled,” the statement read, in part. “Canceling our event is extremely difficult for fans, volunteers, exhibitors, rodeo, athletes, donors, contractors and everyone involved…Rodeo Austin thanks you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Fair & Rodeo in 2021.”
– SBE Nightlife – Sam Nazarian, the founder and CEO of SBE, announced that all indoor nightlife venues, including celebrity hot spot Hyde, will be closed, effective the evening of Sunday, March 15. “We will use this time to continue to reinforce all our best practices for deep and thorough cleaning,” a statement posted on Instagram read.
– SeaWorld – All SeaWorld amusement parks will be closed starting on March 16, through the end of the mont.
– Smithsonian Museum and National Zoo – “As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, all Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14. We will provide updates on social media and on our website,” the museum tweeted on March 12.
– 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.
– TAO Nightlife – It was announced that all TAO day life, nightlife, lounge and rooftop operations are closing across the country, but restaurants will remain open.
– Twin Peaks 30th Anniversary Celebration – The event was to take place at Graceland in April but has been rescheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. All previously purchased ticket packages for Twin Peaks 30: Official Fan Celebration in April will be honored for the rescheduled dates.
– Universal Studios – On March 12, the theme park in Universal City, California, will close for two weeks. “The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14,” the statement reads. “The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation. Universal CityWalk will remain open. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.”
– Universal Orlando Resort – “Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme parks,” the company announced on March 12. “The closure is effective at the close of business on Sunday, March 15. We anticipate remaining closed through the end of March – but will continue to evaluate the situation.” Universal Orlando’s hotels and Universal CityWalk will remain open.
– Walt Disney World Resort in Florida – The theme parks in Orlando, Florida, will also be closed starting March 16 until the end of the month. Disney Cruise Line will also suspend all new departures beginning on March 14 through the end of the month. Walt Disney will continue to pay its cast members during the closure period. Hotels will remain open, as well as retail and dining businesses until further notices. Employees are encouraged to work from home if they can.
– White House Easter Egg Roll – First Lady Melania Trump announced that the annual event that was to be held on Monday, April 13 would be canceled.
– Wynn Resorts – The Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hotels will temporarily close their doors to combat the spread of the virus. “The Company has committed to pay all full-time Wynn and Encore employees during the closure,” Wynn resorts said in a statement released on Sunday, March 15. “The closure will be effective Tuesday, March 17 at 6 pm and is expected to be in effect for two weeks, after which time the Company will evaluate the situation. A limited number of employees and management will remain at the resort to secure and maintain the facility.”
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