As concern grows, there are more and more events cancelled by Coronavirus.
Faced with questions of whether or not the loss of revenue and disappointment of fans is worth the risk of further spread of the virus, those who put on the events have opted to consider health and safety first.
And it is not just up to those planning the events – gatherings of people are now becoming a matter of law, especially since the World Health Organization formally declared the coronavirus a pandemic.
The Trump administration recommended avoiding groups of more than 10 people, and state and local officials added their own restrictions.
Here is a look at some of the large cultural events postponed or cancelled in 2020:
The Coachella Festival has Been Postponed
Even a desert in southern California is not exempt from the Coronavirus.
Despite being a multibillion-dollar touring event, the organizers have postponed the musical festival of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival from April until October.
All the tickets purchased for April will be honored for the new dates in October.
Other Prominent Musical Events are Cancelled or Postponed
Glastonbury, a world-class music festival set for June in Britain was out-and-out cancelled. The South by Southwest music and tech festival in Austin, Texas, was another cancellation.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival that was set for April and May, was postponed until the fall, without specific dates given.
The Rolling Stones had a tour of North America scheduled to begin in May, and it was indefinitely postponed.
Classical Music Cancellations
In New York, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall cancelled performances, and will have no performances until the end of March.
Walt Disney World and Disneyland Closed
The Disneyland resort in Anaheim, California has only closed four times in its 65-year history, and the Coronavirus has caused one of those times. It is closed, at least until the end of March.
The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida closed on March 15th and will remained closed until the end of March.
The only other times it had been closed was because of hurricane Matthew in 2016, Frances in 2004 and Floyd in 1999.
More Disney closures include Disneyland Paris Resort and Disney Cruise Line, with both being closed from March 15th through to the end of March.
Cultural Events in New York
The Governor of New York called an end to all gatherings of more than 500 people, which has affected many of New York’s cultural events.
Broadway shows have shut down until April, especially since Broadway audiences tend to be tourists and an older, vulnerable demographic.
This will cost tens of millions of dollars for investors, associated businesses and artists, and will cost some plays and musicals their chance when they are unable to survive the losses.
If you had plans to go to any cultural events it is best to check to see if it is cancelled or if there is an alternate date given if it is postponed.