Thecontinues to wreak havoc. As people are ordered to stay at home and avoid contact with others, a cascade of cancellations and postponements has wiped major events off the calendar.
Disneyland and Disney World are closed. Movies from James Bond to Black Widow have been postponed. Big events such as SXSW, the, the and have all been called off. , the Cannes film fest and the have been hit. The , as have many more sports leagues. Formula One and Wimbledon are off too.
The latest major event to be affected: On April 15, the organizers of Gamescom 2020 said the August event will take place digitally. And on April 17, the summer season of New York’s free Shakespeare in the Park was canceled for the first time in 58 years.
Here’s how the outbreak is impacting our lives with postponements, cancellations and closures.
- Tour de France The cycling race won’t start on June 27 as scheduled. Organizers said they’re trying to figure out new dates for the event.
- UFC 249 UFC president Dana White said on April 9 that the event, slated for April 18, was canceled.
- British Open On April 6, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club announced that the 149th British Open championship will be delayed until 2021.
- Wimbledon On April 1, the 2020 tennis championship was moved to 2021, when it will run from June 28 to July 11.
- Tokyo Olympics On March 24, the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s prime minister said the games will now be held from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021, with the Paralympic Games running from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, 2021. . On March 30, the IOC said the
- NBA On March 11, the coronavirus. after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the
- Formula One The , the first race of the 2020 Formula One season, was canceled after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. Upcoming races in Bahrain and Vietnam have been postponed.
- English Premier League English football authorities have UEFA postponed its European Championship national tournament to next year. This may allow leagues including the EPL to finish their seasons over the summer. until at least April 3 after a player and coach on different teams tested positive for the virus. On March 17, European soccer’s governing body
- Major League Soccer The on March 12 as it “continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.”
- NCAA Several major Division I conferences in the NCAA, including the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and American Athletic Conference, said on March 12 that they would cancel their respective conference tournaments this week. The .
- NHL On March 12, the .
- MLB Major League Baseball spring training games were suspended, and health fears initially by at least two weeks. On March 16, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared updated recommendations restricting events with more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the MLB said it would follow those guidelines and further delay the opening of the regular season.
- The Masters Tournament The Augusta National Golf Club postponed the 2020 Masters Tournament on March 13, citing “the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community.” The club didn’t provide a new date for the tournament.
- Kentucky Derby The Kentucky Derby Festival postponed all events through April 4, with the Kentucky Derby race reportedly postponed until Sept. 5.
- Boston Marathon Originally set to take place on April 20, the Boston Marathon will now run Sept. 14, according to the Boston Athletic Association.
- EA esports Video game publisher EA said it’s suspending all live events for its competitive gaming series, which includes the Apex Legends Global Series, EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live Events and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series. The suspension began March 13 and will continue “until the global coronavirus situation improves.” Online events in which participants and staff are isolated will continue, EA said.
- Indianapolis 500 The event has been rescheduled for July 4. . Meanwhile, the GMR Grand Prix was
- Wisconsin primary On April 6, Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for the April 7 election, moving it to June. The state Supreme Court blocked the bid. The US Supreme Court also reversed a lower court order giving voters more time to return mail-in ballots.
- Democratic National Convention On April 2, the Democratic National Convention was pushed back from mid-July to the week of Aug. 17. It’s still set to take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Rallies Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceled rallies leading up to primary elections in several states.
- Maryland primary On March 17, Maryland postponed its presidential and congressional primary until June 2. It was originally scheduled for April 28.
- Ohio primary On March 16, Ohio’s governor ordered polling places closed, just a day ahead of the state’s presidential primary. The Ohio primary is now expected to take place June 2.
- Louisiana primary On March 13, Louisiana postponed its presidential primary, originally scheduled for April 4, to June 20. On April 14, Gov. John Bel Edwards once again pushed back the election to July 11.
Cultural happenings and institutions
- Shakespeare in the Park New York’s Public Theater canceled this year’s free summer season.
- Burning Man The annual countercultural festival won’t happen this year in its usual locale, Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Instead it’ll be an online event, at Virtual Black Rock City 2020.
- Peloton April live classes Peloton said it’s halting production at its New York and London studios through April 30.
- Movie blockbusters A number of , including Black Widow, A Quiet Place 2, Mulan and the next James Bond installment, No Time to Die.
- Coachella The has been pushed to October.
- Glastonbury The UK’s legendary Glastonbury music festival, this year intended to feature Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar and Diana Ross, will no longer take place on June 24.
- Met Ball On March 16, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour said this year’s Met Gala, slated to take place in May, has been postponed.
- Tony Awards Postponed from June 7 to an undetermined date.
- Peabody Awards The ceremony, previously scheduled for June 18, has been postponed.
- 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not take place in June as scheduled, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement on March 19.
- Ultra Music Festival This Miami festival has been postponed until next year.
- Forthcoming films Many films and TV shows currently in production have shut down, including The Matrix 4 and several of Disney‘s .
- WonderCon Anaheim On March 12, WonderCon Anaheim, slated to take place in April, was postponed.
- Cannes The prestigious Cannes film festival, originally scheduled for May 12 to 23, was no longer an option,” and that “it is clearly difficult to assume that the Festival de Cannes could be held this year in its original form.” The organizers said they’re still exploring options for this year’s event. on March 19 for a later date in the summer. On April 14, festival organizers said the postponement is “
- Tribeca The , slated to take place in April, was postponed after New York banned events with 500 or more people.
- SXSW Sprawling tech and entertainment festival South by Southwest, .
- Tallinn Music Week has been rescheduled for August.
- Broadway Broadway theaters closed on March 12.
- Eurovision Song Contest The famously flamboyant .
- EDC and Beyond Wonderland SoCal The dance music festival Beyond Wonderland SoCal, which was scheduled to take place in March, was postponed until June. EDC Las Vegas has been moved from May to instead take place on Oct. 2-4.
- Edinburgh festivals The world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, was canceled on April 1, along with the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. It’s the first time in over 70 years the Scottish capital won’t host the festivals in August.