Coronavirus: The Canceled Events in Tech, Media, Politics and Entertainment (Updating)

And the precautions and safety measures being enacted

Last Updated: March 27, 2020 @ 11:30 AM

Updated Thursday, March 27 at 11:30 a.m. PT with the postponement of the Lovers & Friends music festival.  

Worries about the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected more than 7,000 people in the United States and killed at least 97, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have dramatically upended what was originally going to be a busy schedule of entertainment, sports and cultural events into a virtually empty slate in the first half of 2020.

The entertainment industry has come to a literal standstill as coronavirus has halted production on television and movie sets. Theaters have closed indefinitely, leading studios to push back release dates or go the direct-to-consumer route. Bans on large public gatherings have shut down Broadway and concerts, though artists have begun performing their works online. South by Southwest was canceled, while Coachella has been pushed back to the fall.

The business side has been affected as well, with the TV networks pulling their spring upfront presentations. CinemaCon and Cannes Lions are examples of other major industry events that have been canceled or postponed.

The virus has physically affected Hollywood — Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced March 11 they tested positive for the virus while on location in Bondi Beach, Australia. Actor Idris Elba also tested positive for the virus after reportedly showing no symptoms.

Sports has taken a major hit — the National Basketball Association suspended the rest of the current season for at least 30 days after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Since then, Kevin Durant and three other New Jersey Nets players have tested positive. Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and Major League Soccer also put their seasons on hold indefinitely. The World Surf League canceled all its March events.

The Electronic Software Association canceled the 2020 E3 video game trade convention, originally scheduled for June in Los Angeles; the organization may hold online versions of announcement events, a spokesperson told TheWrap. The annual Games Developer Conference was also canceled.

Read on for the major cancellations and precautionary measures taken so far:

Precautionary Measures

Organization: LA Pride
Measure: All June Pride events postponed until further notice

Company: CNN
Measure: Limiting intercontinental employee travel

Company: Google
Measure: Restricting staff travel to China, Iran, Japan, South Korea and parts of Italy that have seen virus outbreaks; Seattle-area employees asked to work from home if possible

Company: Amazon
Measure: Seattle-area employees asked to work from home if possible

Company: Microsoft
Measure: Seattle-area employees asked to work from home if possible

Company: Twitter
Measure: Global employees asked to work from home if possible

Company: Facebook
Measure: Seattle and Bay Area employees asked to work from home if possible

Company: Warner Bros.
Measure: Filming in Italy ruled out for Season 16 of “The Bachelorette”

Company: Sony
Measure: Three of the company’s European offices closed from March 4 until at least March 8 after employee was possibly exposed.

Company: Washington Post
Measure: Any reporters who attended CPAC 2020 have been asked to self-quarantine after a high level attendee who interacted with several members of congress came down with covid-19.

Company: Politico
Measure: Any reporters who attended CPAC 2020 have been asked to self-quarantine after a high level attendee who interacted with several members of congress came down with covid-19.

Canceled Conferences and Events

Event: NASCAR Indy 500
Location: Indianapolis
Original date: May 24
Date postponed: March 26
Rescheduled? Yes to August 23

Event: Governors Ball 2020
Location: New York City
Original date: June 5-7
Date postponed: March 26
Rescheduled? No

Event: Peabody Awards
Location: Los Angeles
Original date: June 18
Date postponed: March 25
Rescheduled? Yes (exact date TBD)

Event: 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan
Location: Tokyo
Original date: July 24 – Aug 9
Date postponed: March 24
Rescheduled? 2021 (exact dates TBD)

Event: CineEurope Convention
Location: Barcelona
Date postponed: March 24
Rescheduled: Yes (Aug 3-6, 2020)

Event: 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Recheduled? Yes (Nov. 7, 2020) and will air 8 p.m. ET on HBO

Event: 55th Academy of County Music Awards
Location: TBD
Rescheduled? Yes (Sept 16, 2020) and will air 8 p.m. ET of CBS and CBS All Access

Event: Produced By Conference
Location: Los Angeles
Original date: June 6-7
Date Canceled: March 20
Rescheduled? No

Event: XFL 2020 Inaugural Season
Location: Nationwide
Date Canceled: March 20
Rescheduled? No

Event: 24th Annual Webby Awards
Location: New York City
Original date: May 11
Date Canceled: March 19
Rescheduled? No, but winners will be announced online via an “Internet celebration”

Event: Eurovision Song Contest
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Original date: May 12-16
Date canceled: March 18
Rescheduled? No

Event: Cannes Lion Festival
Location: Cannes, France
Original date: June 22-June26
Date postponed: March 18
Rescheduled? October 26-30

Event: Kentucky Derby
Location: Churchill Downs
Original date: May 2
Date postponed: March 17
Rescheduled? Sept. 5

Event: 40th Annual Razzie Awards
Location: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Los Angeles, Calif.
Original date: March 14
Date canceled/postponed: March 14
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: World Surf League March events
Location: Global
Original date: Throughout March
Date postponed: March 12
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Tribeca Film Festival
Location:
Original date: March 20-22
Date postponed: March 12
Rescheduled? No

Event: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Original date: March 20-22
Date postponed: March 12
Rescheduled? No

Event:  ESL One LA (Esports match)
Location:  Shrine Auditorium, Downtown LA
Original date: May 2
Date postponed: March 12
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: PaleyFest LA 2020
Location: The Paley Center in Los Angeles
Original date: March 13-22
Date postponed: March 11
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Kids Choice Awards 2020
Location: Las Vegas
Original date: March 22
Date postponed: March 11
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB Show 2020
Location: Las Vegas
Original date: April 19-22
Date canceled: March 11
Rescheduled? No

Event: E3 2020
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown
Original date: June 11-13
Date canceled: March 11
Rescheduled? No

Event: NAB 2020
Location: Las Vegas
Original date: April 17-22
Date canceled: March 11
Rescheduled? Exploring options for later this year

Event: Gridiron Dinner
Location: Washington, D.C.
Original date: March 14
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? No

Event: RuPaul’s DragCon
Location:  Los Angeles
Original date:  May 1-3
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? No

Event: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
Location:  USC Campus, Los Angeles
Original date:  April 18-19
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? Yes, postponed to October 3-4

Event: Riot Games 2020 Mid-Season Invitational
Location:  Global
Original date:  May
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? Yes, postponed to July 3-19

Event: Exploding Kittens’ “Burning Cat” convention
Location:  Oregon Convention Center, Portland
Original date:  May 16-17
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? Postponed until further notice

Event: South by Southwest 2020
Location:  Austin, Texas
Original date:  March 13-22
Date canceled: March 6
Rescheduled? No

Event: ACM Awards
Location: Las Vegas
Original date: April 5
Date canceled: March 15
Rescheduled? Date TBD in September

Event: FMX Visual Effects Conference
Location:  Stuttgart, Germany
Original date:  May 5-8
Date canceled: March 3
Rescheduled? No

Event: Google I/O Conference
Location: Mountain View, California
Original date: May 12-14
Date canceled: March 3
Rescheduled? No

Event: MipTV
Location: Cannes, France
Original date: March 30-April 2
Date canceled: March 4
Rescheduled? No

Event: Game Developers Conference (GDC)
Location: San Francisco
Original date: March 16-18
Date canceled: Feb. 28
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: CERAWeek Energy Conference
Location: Houston
Original date: March 9-13
Date canceled: March 2
Rescheduled? No

Event: American Physical Society Conference
Location: Denver
Original date: March 2-6
Date canceled: March 1
Rescheduled? No

Event: Lunar New Year Parade
Location: Paris
Original date: Jan. 26
Date canceled: Jan. 26
Rescheduled? No

Event: Mobile World Congress Spain
Location: Barcelona
Original date: Feb. 24-27
Date canceled: Feb. 12
Rescheduled? No

Event: Facebook’s F8
Location: San Jose
Original date: May 5-6
Date canceled: Feb. 27
Rescheduled? TBD, events online

Event: Beijing and Shanghai Fashion Weeks
Location: Beijing, Shanghai
Original date: March 25-31
Date canceled: Feb. 10
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Art Basel Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong
Original date: March 19-21
Date canceled: Feb. 6
Rescheduled? No, online viewings instead

Postponed Event: AFI Tribute to Julie Andrews
Original Date: April 25
Date Canceled: March 7
Rescheduled? New date and air date will be announced in coming weeks.

Closed Resorts and Theme Parks

Theme Park: Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Citywalk and Universal Studios Orlando
Location: Universal City, Calif. and Orlando, Florida
Reopen Date: April 19

Theme Park: Disneyland and California Adventure Park
Location: Anaheim, California
Closed on:  March 14
Duration: Disney expects closure to last at least 1 month 
Reopen Date:  Tentatively, April 16

Theme Park: Shanghai Disneyland
Location: Shanghai
Closed on: Jan. 25
Duration: Disney expects closure to last at least two months 
Reopen Date: TBD

Theme Park: Hong Kong Disneyland
Location: Hong Kong
Closed on: Jan. 26
Duration: Disney expects closure to last at least two months 
Reopen Date: TBD

Theme Park: Tokyo Disneyland
Location: Tokyo
Closed on: Feb 28 (local time)
Duration: At least two weeks
Reopen Date: Tentatively, March 16

Canceled Film Premieres and Theatrical Releases

Event: “No Time to Die” China premiere
Location: Beijing
Original date: April 10
Date canceled: Feb. 17
Rescheduled? No

Event: “Sonic the Hedgehog” China Premiere
Original date: Feb. 28
Date canceled: Feb. 24
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: “JoJo Rabbit” China Theatrical Release
Original date: Feb. 12
Date canceled: Feb. 3
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: “Doolittle” China Theatrical Release
Original date: Feb. 21
Date canceled: Feb. 3
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: “1917” China Theatrical Release
Original date: Feb. 12
Date canceled: Feb. 3
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: “Vanguard” Theatrical Release
Original date: Jan. 25
Date canceled: Jan. 23
Rescheduled? TBD

Closed Theaters and Venues 

Venue:  Whitney Museum
Location:  New York City
Date closed: March 12
Reopen date: Tentatively, March 27

Venue:  Ahmanson Theater
Location:  Downtown LA
Date closed: March 12
Reopen date: Tentatively, April 1

Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Location:  Downtown LA
Notable Events: LA Opera
Date closed: March 12
Reopen date: Tentatively, April 1

Venue:  Mark Taper Forum
Location:  Bunker Hill
Notable Events: Center Theater Group
Date closed: March 12
Reopen date: Tentatively, April 1

Venue:  Walt Disney Concert Hall
Location:  Downtown LA
Notable Events: LA Philharmonic
Date closed: March 12
Reopen date: Tentatively, April 1

Canceled Music Events

Event: Lovers & Friends Festival
Location: Los Angeles
Original date: May 9
Date canceled: March 27
Rescheduled? Yes, postponed to August 8

Event: BTS 2020 Tour
Location: North America, London, Berlin, Barcelona
Original date: April 25-26 in Los Angeles
Date canceled: March 26
Rescheduled? TBD, postponed

Event: Glastonbury Musical Festival
Location: Pilton, Somerset, England
Original date: June 24-28
Date canceled: March 18
Rescheduled? No

Event: Billboard Music Awards
Location: Las Vegas
Original date: April 29
Date postponed: March 17
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Country Music Awards
Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Original date: April 5
Date postponed: March 17
Rescheduled? Tentatively, September

Event: Bonnaroo
Location: Manchester, Tennessee
Original Date: July 11-14
Date Canceled: March 18
Rescheduled? Yes, September 2020

Event: Pussy Riot North American tour
Location: US, Canada
Original date: March 17-18
Date canceled: March 12
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Coachella 2020
Location: Indio, California
Original date: April 10-12 and April 17-19
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? Yes; October 2020

Event: Stagecoach Country Music Festival
Location: Indio, California
Original date: April 24-26
Date canceled: March 10
Rescheduled? Yes; October 10

Event: Green Day, “Father of All…” tour, first leg
Location: Cities across Asia
Original date: March 2020
Date canceled: Feb. 27
Rescheduled? TBA

Event: Ultra Music Festival
Location: Miami, Florida
Original date: March 20-22, 2020
Date canceled: March 4
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: The National Japan tour
Location: Tokyo
Original date: March 17-18
Date canceled: March 2
Rescheduled? No

Event: The Pixies Asia tour
Location: Cities in Japan and China
Original date: Feb. 24-March 3
Date canceled: Feb. 23
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Sterolab China Tour
Location: Shanghai, Beijing
Original date: March 19, 21
Date canceled: Feb. 20
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: Stormzy “Heavy is the Head” Asia Tour
Location: China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia
Original date: March 20-21, 24, 27, 29
Date canceled: Feb. 13
Rescheduled? Postponed, TBD

Event: Korea Times Music Festival
Location: Hollywood Bowl
Original Date: April 25
Date Canceled: Feb. 26
Rescheduled? TBD

Event: BTS “Map of the Soul” Tour, South Korea Dates
Location: Olympic Stadium in Seoul
Original Date: April 11, 12, 18 and 19
Date Canceled: Feb. 27
Rescheduled? TBD

Canceled Film Productions
Production: “Mission: Impossible 7”
Location: Venice, Italy
Original Date: February-March; three week shoot
Date Canceled: Feb. 25
Rescheduled? TBD — filming was supposed to occur during the city’s Carnaval festivities. The studio is currently determining if the scenes will be rewritten or shot later to recreate the
festival

Production: “The Amazing Race” Season 33
Location: Varied
Date Canceled: Feb. 28
Rescheduled? TBD — filming is postponed indefinitely.

To be determined – could be canceled
“Marriage Story” China theatrical release: date TBD
Microsoft: Build conference, May 19-21, Seattle, Washington
Apple: Worldwide Development Conference, date TBD, San Jose, California

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