What’s cancelled amid the novel coronavirus pandemic? Here’s a full list

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What’s cancelled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic? – Mar 12, 2020

Editor’s note: This story will be updated as news is confirmed by Global News.

As of March 27, there are more than 4,700 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus — in Canada, according to Health Canada and provincial health officials.

But in the midst of these confirmed cases, there’s also been a shift in our day-to-day social lives.

READ MORE: How many Canadians have coronavirus? Total number of confirmed cases by region

Companies have already started initiatives to allow employees to work from home, and countries like France and Spain have shut their borders. At home and in the U.S., several artists have postponed concerts, while Coachella, one of North America’s largest music festivals, postponed the event until October.

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Here’s a list of major events, conferences and sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.

Major sporting events

NBA: The NBA season is suspended after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The Toronto Raptors have been told to self-quarantine after they played against the Jazz two days before the announcement was made.

NHL: The NHL announced clubs would be advised not to conduct practices, skates and team meetings.

World Figure Skating Championships (Montreal): Quebec’s health ministry announced a cancellation on March 11.

NCAA Tournament (March Madness): NCAA cancels men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

La Liga soccer league: Spain’s top soccer league has suspended all games and asked players of Real Madrid to self-quarantine after one tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Inter Milan soccer club: The soccer club suspends all games after Juventus FC player tests positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Evening Standard.

Major League Soccer: The league announced it would suspend the season for 30 days.

MLB: The league announced it would suspend spring training and delays Opening Day.

CFL:  The league announced it would cancel their regional scouting combines in Montreal March 13 and in Edmonton March 20 and the CFL Combine in Toronto March 26 to 28.

2020 BNP Paribas Open: This tennis tournament, held in California, was cancelled after a case of COVID-19 was found in the Coachella Valley.

Mount Everest climbing season: The Nepal government has suspended all mountaineering permits and will stop issuing on-arrival tourist visas.

Champions League and Europa League games: The Union of European Football Associations has postponed all games the week of March 15 to 21 and will continue to deliberate on whether to continue the cancellations.

Boston Marathon: The 2020 Boston Marathon has been postponed and may go ahead in the fall, according to The Boston Globe. 

The New York City Half-Marathon: The event scheduled for March 15 has been cancelled.

Tokyo Marathon: On March 1, only wheelchair and marathon elites were allowed to run. Everyone else could defer to the 2021 race.

Great Wall Marathon: The race that has runners scale the Great Wall of China has been cancelled and will return in 2021. 

Paris Marathon: The annual race has been postponed to Oct. 17-18.

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Master’s golf tournament: The annual tournament has been postponed. 

Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championship: The competition meant to be held March 25 to April 2 in Vernon, B.C., has been cancelled.

 World Women’s Curling Championship: The event was meant to take place between March 14 to 22 in Prince George, B.C.

Major League Rugby: The season has been suspended.

Toronto Marathon: Scheduled to take place on May 3, the event was cancelled on March 16. 


Google’s I/O developer event: The annual developer conference that’s usually hosted by Google in Mountain View, Calif., in May is cancelled, and guests can receive a refund.

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TED 2020: The upcoming conference, originally scheduled for the end of April, was set to bring about 1,000 people to Vancouver. It’s been postponed until July 20 to 26.

F8 conference: F8 is considered Facebook’s biggest event of the year and was supposed to be held in San Jose, Calif., in May. The company announced at the end of February that the conference is cancelled and will be replaced with livestreamed content.

South by Southwest: The conference that goes alongside the festival in Austin, Texas, was supposed to include programming on film, music, culture and technology. As of March 6, it was cancelled for the first time in its 34-year history.

Mobile World Congress: The annual trade show for the communications industry in Barcelona, Spain was cancelled on Feb. 12.

Shopify Unite 2020: The conference held in Toronto that was set for early May was cancelled.

EmTech Asia: Technologies conference EmTech held in Singapore has been held until Aug. 4 to 5.

2020 Global Health Conference & Exhibition: U.S. President Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at this health technology conference that’s been cancelled for the first time in its 58-year history. It was set for March 9 to 13 in Orlando, Fla.

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Adobe Summit: The summit was scheduled for March 29 to April 2 in Las Vegas, Nev., and more than 20,000 people were expected to attend. It’s now been cancelled and will be hosted online, according to the summit’s site.

Collision conference: The technology conference that was set for June in Toronto will be held online after it was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit: Facebook’s annual marketing conference, scheduled for March 9 to 12 in San Francisco, Calif., was cancelled. The event typically draws about 5,000 people.

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3): Considered a major trade event for the video game industry, E3 was cancelled and won’t be rescheduled from its June 9 to 11 dates. It was supposed to be held in Los Angeles, Calif.

IBM’s Think conference: More than 30,000 people were supposed to attend this developer’s conference in San Francisco, Calif., in May, but IBM cancelled it and converted it to an online event.

Game Developers Conference: This video game development trade conference has been postponed until the summer from its original dates in March. The event was set to draw around 30,000 people, and exhibitors were pulling out prior to the announcement.

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RuPaul’s DragCon: The event set to be held in Los Angeles in May was cancelled and will return in 2021.

Livre Paris Book Fair: This event usually attracts 160,000 people and was cancelled after France banned large indoor gatherings in response to the coronavirus.

Toronto Comicon: Comicon was set to take place on March 20 to 22.

CinemaCon: The Las Vegas festival has been cancelled.

Dreamville Festival: The festival in North Carolina has been moved from April 4 to Aug. 29.

L.A. Gay Pride: The city’s Pride festivities that were supposed to take place in June have been postponed to an unknown date. 

Major closures within Canada and globally:

St. Patrick’s Day Parades: New York City, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Dublin in Ohio and Dublin, Ireland all cancelled their annual St. Patrick’s Day parades. 

Japan Cherry Blossom Festival (Tokyo, Japan): The city cancelled two cherry blossom festivals on March 11.

CN Tower: The popular tourist attraction will be closed in Toronto until April 14. 

Disney parks and cruises: All Disney theme parks worldwide will be closed beginning March 16 including Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. Disney Cruise Line is also closed.

All Ontario casinos closed: The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation ordered all casinos to shutter in the province on March 15.

Mirvish Productions: The entertainment company announced on March 14 that all Toronto productions are suspended due to COVID-19, including Come From Away, Hamilton and Summer. Exchanges and refunds are being offered for tickets purchased up until April 12.

Goodlife Fitness and Fit4Less Clubs: All fitness clubs across Canada are closed.


Urban Outfitters: All store locations are temporarily closed until further notice, the retailer announced on March 14. 

Nike: All stores in the US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are closed until March 27. The announcement about the closures came two weeks after Nike’s head office in Oregon told employees they must work from home.
Anthropologie: Anthropologie is owned by the same parent company as Urban Outfitters and will close all stores at least until March 28.

Abercrombie & Fitch: Outside of the Asia-Pacific region, all stores will be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Lululemon: All locations in North America and Europe will be closed starting March 16 until March 27. This includes affiliated yoga and meditation classes.
Everlane: Brick-and-mortar locations of the store will be closed while the online site will remain open, the company announced on March 14.

Glossier: The make-up company announced on March 13 that all stores will close.

Patagonia: Patagonia’s online site will stop taking orders until March 16 and stores will close at least until March 27.

Apple: All stores outside of China will close until March 27.

Lush Cosmetics: Stores in the U.S. in Canada will close but their online site will remain open.

Music events

For a full updated list cancelled or postponed concerts, award shows and festivals in North America, click here.

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The new coronavirus was first identified in Hubei province, China, in December 2019 and spread rapidly. While the outbreak has begun to level off in China, it seems the virus has found a foothold in a number of countries around the world, and it continues to spread.

Confused about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is very low for Canadians, but they caution against travel to affected areas (a list can be found here). If you do travel to these places, they recommend you self-monitor to see whether you develop symptoms and if you do, to contact public health authorities.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

Visit full COVID-19 coverage on Global News.

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