AUSTIN, Texas — As the number of coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases in the U.S. rises, local and national organizations have taken precautions to prevent the spread of the virus by canceling and postponing and limiting access to some events.
On Friday morning, the City of Austin announced two coronavirus cases in the Austin area tested presumptively positive.
Here are the events that have been affected:
The National Basketball Association announced it would be suspending the remainder of its season Wednesday night after a Utah Jazz player tested preliminarily positive for COVID-19. The result came back shortly before tip-off between the Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the affected player was not in the arena, according to a statement from the National Basketball Association
On Thursday, Major League Baseball canceled spring training and pushed back the start of its regular season for at least two weeks. Major League Soccer also announced Thursday it is suspending its season for 30 days. The National Hockey League and XFL games are also suspended indefinitely. The National Basketball Association also announced it would be suspending the season.
Major League Rugby has suspended all matches for 30 days, starting on Thursday. This will affect three of the Austin Gilgronis‘ matches, including their game on March 15 against San Diego, their game on March 29 against Atlanta and their game on April 4 against Seattle. According to the team, ticket holders for these matches will have the option to receive a refund.
UT home sporting events will not have fans in attendance through March 22, according to a Thursday announcement from UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte. He said Texas Athletics teams will continue to travel to road competitions at this time.
The Big 12, Sun Belt, Big Ten, SEC, ACC and other conferences canceled their men’s basketball tournaments altogether. The NCAA on Thursday also canceled remaining winter and spring championships, including March Madness. Texas was scheduled to play Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, but teams were taken off the court minutes before tip-off. The Big 12 also announced that all sports would be suspended until March 29.
The University Interscholastic League has suspended the remainder of the high school boys state basketball tournament until further notice, according to a press release Thursday.
The Austin Independent School District has canceled classes for Friday, March 13, after two coronavirus cases tested presumptively positive in the Austin area.
On March 6, Mayor Adler announced the city canceled its annual South by Southwest festival for the first time in its 34-year history as the city declared a local disaster due to coronavirus.
Tour company Live Nation announced Thursday that all current music tours would be paused. The list of affected tours includes Billie Eilish, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Cher, Kiss, Post Malone and others.
The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin announced on Thursday it would close to the public starting on Friday. All LBJ Library and LBJ Foundation events have been canceled until further notice, including the Future Forum, Friends of the LBJ Library programming, tours and other visits. According to the library, staff will continue to answer reference and other requests via phone or email.
The remainder of the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was canceled Wednesday. The rodeo was scheduled to run from March 3 until March 22 at NRG Park. Updates about ticket refunds will be posted on the website.
Puptopia Festival Austin is being moved to take place on May 23 at Mueller Lake Park. According to the festival, tickets purchase through Thursday will automatically be transferred to the new date. More information can be found on its website.
Additionally, Blue Bell announced that the Blue Bell Visitor Center, Ice Cream Parlor, Country Store and Observation deck in Brenham will be closed until further notice.
On Thursday afternoon, the organizers of Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion 2020 announced the festival was canceled after Travis County officials told them it must be rescheduled. All tickets purchased for the festival will automatically be transferred and honored at next year’s festival.
Rodeo Austin also announced all 2020 events have been canceled to protect public health and safety. Days prior, Travis County commissioners had given the organizers the OK to move forward with the rodeo.
The City of Buda has announced it is canceling all City-sponsored events through April 12. Its public library has suspended all programing through March 28.
Disneyland, Disney World and Universal Studios Hollywood also announced closures on Thursday throughout March.
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