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The coronavirus has spread to over 170 nations, including the U.S., Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea, since the outbreak began in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China — and its impact is being felt across myriad industries.
The virus — which has affected roughly 796,000 people and caused 38,556 deaths as of March 31 — 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. Major international events, like the Cannes Film Festival and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, have also been postponed.
COVID-19 has also 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.
Art Basel: Canceled
Art Basel’s upcoming Swiss art fair has been postponed as of March 26. The fair was set to take place in June and is now being rescheduled for Sept. 17 to 20 this year.
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: Canceled
The Cannes Film Festival, which was scheduled for May 12 to 23, has been canceled.
Organizers released a statement on Twitter on March 19, stating the festival may be postponed to the end of June and beginning of July this year.
“As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French government and Cannes’ City Hall as well as with the festival’s board members, film industry professionals and all the partners of the event,” the statement read.
The CFDA Awards: Canceled
CFDA Bridal Week: Canceled
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 Bridal Council also released a statement on March 12 to its members and bridal community, stating Bridal Week would be going virtual.
The CFDA 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: Canceled
The Frieze New York art fair, which was scheduled for May 7 to 10, has been canceled.
Organizers released a statement on the cancellation on March 18, stating: “In light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 and following advice and restrictions from local, national, international and health authorities, we regret to announce the cancellation of Frieze New York 2020.”
The fair is set to return to New York in 2021.
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.
Governors Ball: Canceled
The annual music festival at New York’s Randall’s Island has been canceled. It was scheduled for June 5 to 7.
“Simply put — due to current government mandates and the evolving situation in New York City, it is neither safe nor prudent to move forward with our June dates,” organizers said in a March 26 release. “The well-being of our fans, artists, staff, vendors, partners and the surrounding New York City community is always our number one priority.”
The release also states that organizers had aimed to postpone the festival for later this year, but were unable to decide on a date. It is instead going forward with its plans for next year’s festival.
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 shuttering its doors to help contain the virus until July 1.
The Costume Institute’s “About Time” exhibit is now scheduled to debut in late October.
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.”
Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Couture Week: Canceled
The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, French fashion’s governing body, announced on March 27 it is canceling Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Couture Week due to the virus. Men’s Week was scheduled to run from June 23 to 28 and Couture Week was scheduled for July 5 to 9.
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: Canceled
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach confirmed the news in a joint press conference on March 24, stating that the games will not be held this summer and will be postponed no later than summer 2021.
The new dates for the 2020 Summer Olympics were revealed on March 30, with the games now running from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. The games were originally scheduled to begin on July 24 and run for roughly two weeks.
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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