As the coronavirus continues to spread, more events are being canceled or postponed amid travel restrictions and increasing health warnings. As of the beginning of this week, the virus had sickened more than 90,000 people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, including across 73 countries and 12 states in the U.S. More than 3,100 people have died globally.
A World Health Organization official said last week: “We are on the highest level of alert or highest level of risk assessment in terms of spread and in terms of impact …. Wake up. Get ready. This virus may be on its way and you need to be ready.”
Here is a list of entertainment-related disruptions tied to COVID-19 fears. We will update it as more information becomes available.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter have pulled out of attending SXSW, the film, music and tech conference that runs March 13-22 in Austin.
Fox News has pulled out of its annual Upfronts presentation scheduled for March 24 in New York City.
Disney canceled its European press launch for Disney+ in London, which was scheduled for March 5. The event at the Exhibition London event space to “celebrate the European launch of Disney+” was expected to include “exclusive” presentations from key executives and creative heads, along with several special guests.
The London Book Fair, one of the world’s biggest international literary events, has been cancelled. The event was scheduled for March 10-12. Around 25,000 publishers, authors and agents from around the world were expected.
MIPTV, the annual international TV conference and market set for March 30-April 2 in Cannes, has been canceled. All events surrounding MipTV — including Mip Formats and Mip Doc — were also canceled. The Cannesseries event, originally scheduled to run parallel to MipTV, was moved to October 9-14 alongside MIPCOM.
The annual Google I/O developers conference, set for May 12-14 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, has been canceled. Google said guests who purchased tickets will receive a full refund by March 13 and those who registered will be automatically granted the option of purchasing an I/O 2021 ticket.
The Doha Film Institute canceled the 2020 edition of Qumra, an event in which international directors are invited to speak to Arab filmmakers. Claire Denis and James Gray had been set to attend this year’s edition, which had been planned for March 20-25.
The annual Game Developers Conference, scheduled for March 16-20 in San Francisco, has been postponed, with plans to organize an event this summer
Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference: In-person component set for May 5-6 in San Jose, CA canceled; will focus instead on “locally hosted events, videos and live-streamed content”
Hong Kong Filmart: Asia’s most significant film market was postponed from late March to August 27-29, 2020
The 2020 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona scheduled for February 24-27 was canceled
Sony Pictures Entertainment on March 4 closed its offices in London, Paris and Gdynia, Poland, for a week
Saudi Arabia’s inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival, originally set to run March 12-21 in Jeddah, has been canceled. Organizers said the event will be rescheduled
The 22nd annual Thessaloniki Documentary Festival planned for March 5-15 in Greece has been postponed, with organizers eyeing dates in late May or early June
In Switzerland, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, set for March 6-15 in Geneva, and Rencontres 7e Art Lausanne (Think Cinema Lausanne), set for March 4-8, were both canceled
The Ultra Music Festival in Miami has been canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. The 21-year-old electronic music festival was scheduled from March 20-22.
About 38 cinemas have been closed in parts of France beginning March 2
Thousands of cinemas are closed in China, which has roughly 70,000 screens across 10,000 venues. All local film releases scheduled for the lucrative Chinese New Year holiday were pulled by distributors in the territory, the world’s second largest for box office. UME, Wanda, Jinyi, Bona, Emperor and Lumiere chains have all shuttered. Anticipated Hollywood releases likely to be impacted include Disney’s Mulan and Universal’s James Bond debut No Time to Die, the latter of which already has seen its Beijing premiere and press tour canceled
About 50% of cinemas have been closed in Italy, mostly in Milan’s Lombardy region. Some territory release dates have been postponed including for The Invisible Man (Universal) and Onward (Disney). AMC Theatres closed 22 of its 47 theaters in the country for a week beginning February 24
The Louvre in Paris has closed indefinitely, as workers staged a walkout at the world’s most-visited museum after a staff meeting about the coronavirus outbreak
Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 7‘s upcoming three-week shooting kickoff in Venice, Italy was postponed after the local government put a stop to all public gatherings
CBS’ The Amazing Race has postponed shooting on its Season 33 edition, which had not been announced but so far had shot in England and Scotland
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, set for July 24-August 9, could conceivably be moved to later in the year, Japan’s Olympic minister said March 3, noting the country’s contract with the International Olympic Committee “calls for the Games to be held within 2020…[this] could be interpreted as allowing a postponement.” Last month, top IOC official Dick Pound had said a decision could made in May to postpone or cancel the Games altogether. Any change of date for the Olympics would have a huge effect for broadcasters worldwide.
Italy’s top pro soccer league Serie A has postponed some games, and played others in empty stadiums especially in the northern part of the country
Formula One has canceled the Chinese Grand Prix, which had been scheduled for April 17-19
The World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, scheduled for March 13-15, has been postponed to March 2021.
Shanghai Disney Resort closed Shanghai Disneyland, Disneytown including Walt Disney Grand Theatre and Wishing Star Park, on January 25. Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are closing from February 29-March 15, operator The Oriental Land Co. confirmed
Universal Studios Japan has closed from February 29 to March 15, a re-opening date that could change depending on the situation
BTS: Canceled April dates in its hometown of Seoul, South Korea, as have other K-pop groups NCT, GOT7 and Winner
Green Day: Postponed March dates in Asia (Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong) for its current Hella Mega Tour
Korea Times Music Festival: April 25 date at the Hollywood Bowl for annual event has been postponed