Covid-19 Cancellations

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Theater
Covid-19: Broadway shutdown to be extended until May 30, 2021
Covid-19: Broadway shutdown to be extended until May 30, 2021
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After abruptly closing on March 12, 2020, the Broadway theatres will be shut down at least until May 30, 2021. There is no exact date for the performances to resume, but producers are offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through May 30.

Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, said: "We are working tirelessly with multiple partners on sustaining the industry once we raise our curtains again."

Sports • Football
NFL postpones first game after Covid-19 outbreak
NFL postpones first game after Covid-19 outbreak
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The Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers game has been postponed due to multiple Covid-19 cases. Multiple Titan players have been tested positive for Covid-19 and experience flu-like symptoms.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel has stated that "nobody's to blame. We're in a pandemic. This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that we're confident that we will be able to handle safely with the football team and the players' best interests in mind". The game will be rescheduled to a later point in the season.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is delaying its annual Carnival parade for the first time in a century
Viradouro parade during the 2020 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro
Viradouro parade during the 2020 Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro Credit: Raphael David | Riotur

Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, that would take place in February 2021, as Brazil continues to face the Covid-19 pandemic. The League of Samba Schools (LIESA) announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the parades, and it is studying the possibility of holding the parade on another date.

Jorge Castanheira, the president of LIESA, said Thursday: "We only imagined the parade with a vaccine. Failing to get a vaccine or action plan that will guarantee safety for everyone by mid-September, it will be difficult to present in the current mold. After that, it may not be possible to present the carnival as it is known today. In today's condition it is ethically unlikely to have the parade."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Co-founder of music Lollapalooza suggests concerts and festivals won't happen until 2022
Co-founder of music Lollapalooza suggests concerts and festivals won't happen until 2022
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According to Marc Geiger, one of the founders of the renowned music and art festival Lollapalooza, has stated in the Bob Lefsetz Podcast that he believes festivals and concerts will return "late 21, more likely 22".

He added that "super-spreader events" such as a music festival would not be a good idea during the Covid-19 pandemic as "the world has a very long, forced timeout".

Lollapalooza has announced to host an online festival as a replacement for the cancelled version this year.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Rio de Janeiro cancels New Year's Eve party
Rio de Janeiro cancels New Year's Eve party
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The Rio Janeiro government announced Saturday that the New Year's Eve party in the city is canceled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement was made by Riotur, a tourism company for the city. In 2019, 2.9 million people attended the party in Copacabana beach.

Riotur informed that the celebration "is not feasible in this pandemic scenario, without the existence of a vaccine". In addition, the municipal government "continues to focus efforts to save lives and control the pandemic".

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
São Paulo city hall postpones 2021 Carnaval
São Paulo Samba School, 2020
São Paulo Samba School, 2020 Credit: Jose Cordeiro / SPTuris

The São Paulo Carnaval of 2021 was officially postponed. Bruno Covas (PSDB), mayor of São Paulo, made the announcement at a press conference at Palácio dos Bandeirantes on Friday.

Despite not having a new date confirmed, the event should happen from May of next year.

Sports
Formula 1: US, Mexican & Brazilian races will not happen in 2020
Formula 1: US, Mexican & Brazilian races will not happen in 2020
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Formula 1 decided to remove the Brazilian, Mexican and US races from the 2020 calendar. The reasons for the decision were the tight schedule and, mainly, the Covid-19 outbreak.

The three countries currently have some of the worst infection rates in the world. The US Grand Prix, in Austin, Texas, would be held on October 23. A week later, Formula 1 would travel to Mexico City. The Brazilian race, in São Paulo, was initially scheduled for November 15.

Sports
Chicago Marathon has been cancelled
Chicago Marathon races down Columbus Drive
Chicago Marathon races down Columbus Drive Credit: unsplash.com/Michael Carruth

The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for October 11, has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It's the second time the marathon won't take place, with the last cancellation happening when Beatrice Foods withdrew its support in 1987.

"Our highest priority has always been the safety of our participants and our volunteers. We understand the disappointment, but when we return to the streets of Chicago, it will be a celebratory moment and an uncompromising statement about the collective spirit of who we are as a running community: We are powerful, we are persistent, and we will reach the finish line again," so Carey Pinkowski, race director of the marathon.

Sports • Golf
2020 Ryder Cup postponed to September 2021
Phil Mickelson during Ryder Cup 2018
Phil Mickelson during Ryder Cup 2018 Credit: Franck BITON (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Ryder Cup was postponed until 2021 in Wisconsin due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After weeks of discussions between the PGA of America, the European Tour and the PGA Tour the event, scheduled for September 25-27 at Whistling Straits had to be moved to September 24-26 in 2021.

The next Ryder Cup to be held in Europe has also been moved by a year to 2023 in Rome.

That is the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed, the first time was in 2001, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
New York Broadway to remain closed until end of 2020
Broadway theatre, New York City
Broadway theatre, New York City Credit: unsplash.com/Sudan Ouyang

The Broadway in New York City will remain closed for the remainder of the year and are not expecting to open their doors until late Winter or early Spring 2021. The Broadway League, the organisation representing theatres, issued a statement that ticket holders would get a refund or could exchange their tickets for a future date.

All Broadway theatres have been closed since March 12, calling the closure "the only intermission."

Sports
Covid-19: 50th edition of New York City City Marathon cancelled
Covid-19: 50th edition of New York City City Marathon cancelled
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The 2020 New York City Marathon has been officially cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place November 1 and would have been the 50th running of the marathon. That will now happen on Nov. 7, 2021.

The organizers New York Road Runners and the city have decided and announced that the Covid-19 risk is too significant and therefore cancelled the marathon from happening.

Sports • Soccer
Spain: Fan sneaks into stadium as La Liga restarts
Camp Nou
Camp Nou Credit: Érico Andrei (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The first match for Barcelona after the Corona-19 break started with a gap in the security concept. Despite stricter regulations and ghost games, a fan managed to gain unauthorized access to the stadium and enter the field. Security forces only came in after a short time and led the "streaker" away.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Coachella Festival has been cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic
Coachella Logo
Coachella Logo Credit: Coachella

According to Riverside County officials, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival have been cancelled. On June 10 Dr Cameron Kaiser the Riverside County Public Health Officer has signed an order to cancel the popular festivals over concerns of a second Covid-19 wave. This comes after the festivals had been moved to October after a similar order in March. The festivals were planned to sell 250,000 and 85,000 tickets respectively.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
MTV Movie & TV Awards June event cancelled, new date unclear
Logo MTV Movie & TV Awards
Logo MTV Movie & TV Awards Credit: MTV via Fandom.com

The MTV Movie & TV Awards won't take place in June and has been postponed indefinitely. MTV is currently looking to move the event to December. According to Screenrant, "the network had been hoping to make that move even before the coronavirus hit."

Sports
Boston Marathon cancelled for the first time in 124 years
Boston Marathon 2019 women chasers
Boston Marathon 2019 women chasers Credit: ArnoldReinhold (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

During a news conference, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the 2020 Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in the event's history.

The Boston Athletic Association has determined that the traditional one day running of the 124th Boston marathon will not be feasible this year, given the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event was already postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14.

Sports • Soccer
Spanish prime minister grants La Liga permit to restart in June

After being suspended in March because of the coronavirus the Spanish La Liga has been allowed to continue playing from June on. The league organizers will confirm an exact date for the restart as 11 rounds of games still need to be played in the current season. The president of La Liga Javier Tebas has tweetet that "We are very happy with the decision, it is the result of the great work of clubs, players, coaches".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Cannes Film Festival to announce Selection in June
Viewers in cinema
Viewers in cinema Credit: unsplash.com/@kristsll

A spokesperson of the Cannes Film Festival has announced that they will announce "films from the (initial Official) Selection at the beginning of June". The fall film festival is currently ruling out a physical festival but might organize a “redeployment ‘outside the walls’ (of Cannes), in collaboration with fall festivals", including festivals such as Venice, Toronto and New York.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook's AI Residency Program cancelled

Facebook announced the cancellation of the company's AI Residency Program 2020-2021 on Wednesday. The AI Residency Program is a "one-year research training position designed to give you hands-on experience with artificial intelligence research while working in Facebook AI". Al Jerome Pesenti, Facebook's vice president, stated that the decision was made to "put the health and safety of our community first".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Tribeca and YouTube team up for "We Are One" virtual global film festival
We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo
We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo Credit: YouTube,Tribeca/We Are One: Global Film Festival

Tribeca and YouTube have teamed up to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival taking place from May 29 to June 7. The free event will be hosted on YouTube and feature films, documentaries, shorts and others from the top film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Major film festivals were forced to cancel their events due to Covid-19. We Are One will be ad-free but viewers will be asked to donate to Covid-19 relief funds.

Technology • Games
Fortnite World Cup 2020 cancelled
Fortnite World Cup 2020 cancelled
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Epic Games, the video game and software development company behind Fortnite, has announced the cancellation of this year's Fortnite World Cup. On Twitter, they stated that all other Fortnite events and competitions will be held online.