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The coronavirus has spread to over 100 nations, including the U.S., Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea, since the outbreak began in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China in late January — and its impact is being felt across myriad industries.
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The virus — which has affected roughly 167,400 people and caused 6,329 deaths as of March 16 — is now the cause of a number of other cancellations and postponements in other industries, including tech conferences such as SXSW and music festivals, including the Ultra Music Festival and Coachella.
These cancellations have led many to speculate what major event the virus will affect next, with some wondering the fate of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. COVID-19 has rocked the fashion world acutely, shifting international fashion weeks, upcoming trade shows and other events globally.
WWD compiled a list of major events that the public is speculating will be canceled in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Read on to see the status of many upcoming events in the fashion, film and music industries.
Beauty festival organizer, Beautycon, announced on March 11 it will be postponing its Los Angeles festival on Aug. 1 to 2. The conference will now be held on Dec. 5 and 6.
Beautycon is still planning on hosting its New York festival on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, however it has postponed its Tokyo conference from later this year to 2021.
Boston Marathon: Canceled
The 124th annual Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, has been postponed as of March 13. It will now be held on Sept. 14.
“On matters of public health and safety we take our guidance from the officials entrusted with protecting the public in this area,” said Boston Athletic Association chief executive officer, Tom Grilk in a statement. “We understand our role, along with our partners in ensuring a safe environment for all participants, volunteers, spectators and supporters that meets the standards set by those officials.”
The decision comes after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on March 10.
Cannes Film Festival: Not Canceled
The Cannes Film Festival has not been canceled and will take place from May 12 to 23.
The festival issued a statement to Deadline on its decision on March 5, stating: “We understand the concern that has been expressed following the postponement of Cannes Series and the cancellation of MIPTV, but as of today nothing indicates that the Cannes Film Festival will not take place.”
On March 6, organizers released a statement on its web site stating that the official selection of films will be revealed during a press conference on April 16 by president Pierre Lescure.
The CFDA Awards: Not Canceled
CFDA Bridal Week and Men’s Fashion Week: Postponement Encouraged
The CFDA released a statement on March 13 on the upcoming New York Bridal Week — which is scheduled for April 16 to 20 — stating the council advises all participating brands to postpone or reformat their live shows and presentations digitally.
The organization has not yet commented on New York Men’s Fashion Week, which is scheduled to run from June 8 to 10.
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival: Canceled
Coachella has postponed its annual, two-weekend music festival held in Indio, Calif. from the weekends of April 10 and 17 to the weekends of Oct. 9 and 16. Organizers are also postponing its Stagecoach country music festival — originally scheduled for April 24 to 26 — for Oct. 23 to 25.
“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” Goldenvoice, organizers of both festivals, shared in a statement. “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.”
Facebook F8 Developers Conference: Canceled
Facebook has canceled its annual F8 Developers Conference, which was scheduled for May 5 and 6 in San Jose, Calif. The conference brings together developers and creators around the world to discuss the future of technology.
Facebook director of platform partnerships, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis confirmed the news in a blogpost on Feb. 27.
Frieze New York: Not Canceled
The Frieze New York art fair is still on as of Feb. 27, running from May 7 to 10.
A spokesperson confirmed the news to Artnet, stating: “We are moving forward with plans for the show to take place as scheduled.”
Google Cloud Next: Canceled
Google has canceled its Cloud Next conference — which focuses on the company’s cloud technology — scheduled for April 6 to 8 in San Francisco.
Instead the company is hosting a Google Cloud Next: Digital Connect option, which is a free, multi-day event that people can access virtually where they can stream keynote speeches and sessions.
Major League Soccer Season: Canceled
Major League Soccer announced on March 12 that it will be suspending matches for the next 30 days.
“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, Public Health Agency of Canada and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a statement.
Met Gala: Canceled
Vogue editor Anna Wintour confirmed on March 16 that the Met Gala has been postponed.
“One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, ‘About Time.’ 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,” she wrote in a piece penned for Vogue.com. “In the meantime, we will give you a preview of this extraordinary exhibition in our forthcoming May issue.”
Wintour did not state when the new date for the celebrity-filled gala — which was scheduled for May 4 in New York — will be. The decision comes after the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on March 12 that it is temporarily shuttering its doors to help contain the virus.
NBA Season: Canceled
The NBA announced on March 11 that it is suspending the season after a player on the Utah Jazz team has tested positive for COVID-19.
NCAA Conference Tournaments and Championship: Canceled
All of the remaining NCAA college basketball games were canceled as of March 12. The NCAA released a statement on Twitter on the cancellation, stating: “This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given the ongoing decisions by other entities.”
NHL Season: Canceled
The NHL has followed other sports leagues and canceled the rest of its season on March 12.
“The NHL has been attempting to follow the mandates of health experts and local authorities, while preparing for any possible developments without taking premature or unnecessary measures,” the NHL said in a statement. “However, following last night’s news that an NBA player has tested positive for coronavirus — and given that our leagues share so many facilities and locker rooms and it now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point — it is no longer appropriate to try to play games at this time.”
RuPaul’s DragCon LA: Canceled
RuPaul’s DragCon L.A. — which was scheduled for May 1 to 3 — has been canceled.
Organizers issued a statement on March 10 about the cancelation, stating: “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, press and attendees to cancel RuPaul’s DragCon L.A. 2020.”
The Summer Olympics: Not Canceled
Olympic officials have not yet canceled the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which are scheduled to begin on July 24 and will last for roughly two weeks.
As of March 3, the International Olympic Committee plans to go forward with the summer games, with IOC president Thomas Bach stating on Twitter: “The IOC remains fully committed to the success of the Olympic Games #Tokyo2020. I encourage all athletes to prepare for the games with ‘full steam.’”
San Diego Comic-Con: Not Canceled
Comic-con organizers have not canceled its San Diego Comic-Con, arguably one of its biggest nationwide conventions. The conference will take place from July 23 to 26.
A spokesperson stated to TVLine that organizers are “working with local officials as it pertains to the COVID-19 situation and continues to monitor developments closely.”
The City of Austin has canceled SXSW, that was scheduled for March 13 to 22 in Austin, Tex.
Organizers released a statement on its web site on March 6 with the news, stating: “We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU.”
TED has canceled its TED2020 conference in Vancouver on April 20 to 24. Organizers will either postpone the conference for July or hold it virtually, according to the BBC.
Tribeca Film Festival: Canceled
The 2020 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City — which was scheduled for April 15 to 26 — is canceled.
Co-founder and chief executive officer of Tribeca Enterprises, Jane Rosenthal, released a statement on the cancellation on Twitter, stating: “We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001. We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is our DNA to march forward while caring about our community. We made the difficult decision to postpone the 19th Tribeca Film Festival based on the announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
Ultra Music Festival: Canceled
The annual EDM festival scheduled for March 20 to 22 in Miami has been canceled. It is postponing the festival to March 26 to 28, 2021.
Festival organizers released a statement on the cancellation on its web site on March 4, stating: “We completely understand how extremely frustrating this is because so many of you are looking forward to Ultra, having already made travel arrangements. This is, however, an unprecedented issue which is not being taken lightly, and we must continue to defer to the authorities for guidance.”
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