Unprecedented event and attraction closures due to coronavirus: Here’s the full list
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The novel coronavirus that first emerged in late December of 2019 has now spread to nearly 150 countries, forcing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak a pandemic.
As a result, major festivals and events around the world are being canceled, and major attractions are closing to the public. Many U.S. cities have even ordered restaurants, bars and cafes to sell takeaway food only.
On March 17, the state of Nevada ordered all nonessential businesses to shut down for the next 30 days including the complete closure of Las Vegas casinos. On the same day, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced it would be postponing the festival until the fall. Lizzo and The Who were just two of the featured artists expected to perform.
On March 12, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced that all public gatherings of more than 500 people would be banned. This ultimately led to the closure of New York City’s famous Broadway theaters, as well as the postponement of many concerts and performances at venues like Madison Square Garden.
Some of New York City’s most famous museums and venues — Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History — have closed.
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Both the NBA and NHL announced that the 2020 season is being suspended due to COVID-19. Similarly, the NCAA made the tough decision to cancel March Madness after original discussions about playing with no fans.
Ireland officially canceled its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Monday, CBS news reported. As the nation tries to stay in the “containment phase” for as long as possible, canceling the parades was a necessary step, said Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Last year, almost 500,000 people attended the country’s biggest celebration in Dublin.
Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the world, will be postponed until October, as will the Stagecoach outdoor country music festival.
This comes on the heels of another major festival being canceled: South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The annual tech, film and music conference draws hundreds of thousands of attendees from around the world each year.
Public health officials issued a statement, saying, “There’s no evidence that closing SXSW or any other gatherings will make the community safer.” Still, Mayor Adler made the decision to cancel out of caution, declaring the outbreak a “local disaster.”
The famous Louvre Museum, in Paris, home to iconic works of art such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and the Venus de Milo, has also been affected by the virus. Despite closing briefly, the museum attempted to remain open. But on Friday, March 13, the Louvre — as well as the Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tour — closed its doors indefinitely.
And, as a final blow, magic has been suspended: All Disney parks around the world are closing in light of worsening coronavirus concerns.
Here’s a look at some of the major events that have been postponed or canceled at this time, as well as major attractions (such as theme parks and museums) that have been closed indefinitely:
Festivals and events
- Tokyo’s Nakameguro district cherry blossom festival has been canceled
- Okinawa’s Azalea Festival has been canceled
- Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit has been canceled
- Beijing and Shanghai fashion weeks are postponed until further notice
- Paris and Milan fashion weeks are canceled
- Chinese Grand Prix has been postponed
- Carnival was canceled in both Nice, France and Venice, Italy
- The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) canceled three international tournaments in Asia
- The Professional Golf Association (PGA) postponed its PGA Tour Series-China by two months
- Semi, a global organization that represents vendors of semiconductor productions systems and materials, canceled Semicon conventions in Korea and China
- The Dalai Lama canceled all upcoming public events indefinitely
- The World Athletics Indoor Championships have postponed the event until 2021
- St. Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland are canceled — as are parades in the U.S. cities of New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, among others.
- March Madness has been canceled
- The NBA and NHL 2020 season has been suspended
- The MLB has suspended spring training and delayed opening day by at least two weeks
- SXSW has been canceled
- Coachella and Stagecoach will be postponed until October of 2020
- All New York City Broadway shows will be suspended until April 12
- The Boston Marathon is canceled
- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has been postponed until the fall
- Tokyo National Museum is closed until further notice
- All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. will be closed
- Arlington National Cemetery is closed
- New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic will all temporarily close
- The Louvre will be closing indefinitely
- Hello Kitty Land Tokyo and Harmonyland is closed until at least March 20
- Tokyo Disney Resort remains closed
- Shanghai Disney Resort is closed indefinitely
- Hong Kong Disneyland is closed indefinitely
- Universal Studios Japan is closed until at least early April
- Universal Orlando is closed until the end of March
- Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Paris will all be closed until the end of March
- Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California are closed through the end of March
- Disneyland Paris will be closed until the end of March
There’s also been talk about canceling major events as far out as late July. The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo could potentially be canceled or postponed given the current status of the outbreak.
For more information on the coronavirus outbreak, see:
- Coronavirus cases in China now outnumber SARS cases in 2003 — what does this mean for travelers?
- Myth-busting: Will a face mask keep you safe from viruses on a plane?
- New cruises rerouted as coronavirus situation escalates
- Should I travel? Advice for the coronavirus outbreak
- Complete guide to traveling during the coronavirus outbreak
Additional reporting by Samantha Rosen.
Featured photo by Svetlana Isochenko/EyeEm/Getty Images.
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