Festivals, Concerts and Events Canceled As Coronavirus Spreads

We’re following the impact of coronavirus on events in and around New York City to bring you the latest on cancellations and ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

NEW YORK, March 06, 2020 — With the growing concern over the spread of coronavirus, live events are being canceled or postponed as organizers scramble to determine when the risk for exposure becomes too high for attendees. This week, increased travel restrictions and warnings from health officials impacted festivals, concerts and conferences around the world.

According to the Miami Herald, event organizers have marked The 2020 Ultra Music Festival, originally scheduled for March 20-22, “postponed indefinitely” due to coronavirus, essentially canceling this year’s event. 

For SXSW – scheduled March 13-22 in Austin, TX – the threat of coronavirus forced some headliners to cancel and media and tech giants Apple, Facebook, TikTok, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia to pull out. Organizers said the festival would go on, until Austin city officials announced SXSW is canceled due to coronavirus. According to a statement from SXSW, this is the first time in 34 years the festival will not take place.

Here in New York, the Metropolitan Opera has instituted “self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arriving in New York from any one of the countries designated by the CDC” for artists and staff before returning to rehearsals. Performances will continue as scheduled.  

Major events in and around New York City have not yet been postponed or canceled, but we’ll monitor what’s happening and list cancellations. In the meantime, here’s how you can be prepared: 

  • If you’ve purchased tickets to an event, check the event website to find out the status of the event – and check with your ticket provider for cancellation policies. 
  • Stay informed about the local COVID-19 situation with up-to-date information from public health officials.

Practice good personal health habits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC lists these everyday preventive actions: 

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily

Check back for helpful tips and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest on events in and around New York City canceled by the Coronavirus.

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