Event cancellations and postponements will continue into autumn — here’s a look at the latest

May 13, 2020

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The novel coronavirus that first emerged in late December of 2019 has now spread to over 177 countries and has infected over 4 million people worldwide, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the outbreak a pandemic and putting life as we know it on hold.

Festivals and events around the world have been cancelled, and major attractions have closed to the public.

At first, there was hope things would return to normal by the summer. But now, major autumn events, such as Munich’s Oktoberfest, are beginning to announce cancellations as well.

In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported that an internal email from the Los Angeles Fire Department said that “large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events may not be approved in the city for at least one year”.

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Most recently, Broadway announced it would extend the suspension of all shows until at least 6 September.

Major sporting events that have already been postponed include the Masters Tournament, now set for November 2020, and the Boston Marathon, currently set for September. Coachella, one of the biggest music festivals in the world, will be postponed until October, as will the Stagecoach outdoor country music festival. The Cannes Lions International Award Festival, which had initially been pushed back, has now been cancelled outright.

New York City remains the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak. All public gatherings have been banned, and a stay-at-home order has been implemented statewide. Governor Andrew Cuomo has upped the fine from $500 to $1,000 for anyone who violates social distancing protocols. This has led to the postponement and cancellation of many upcoming concerts and performances going into the fall.

Las Vegas remains shut down, though the city has a plan to start reopening casinos, and seemingly every museum and theme park around the globe is closed indefinitely. The famous Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and the Eiffel Tour closed to visitors indefinitely by mid-March, and remain closed. Most Disney parks around the world remain closed, however, China recently experienced some magic with the reopening of Shanghai Disneyland.

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Here’s a look at some of the other major upcoming events that have been postponed or cancelled so far in 2020, as well as major attractions (such as theme parks and museums) that are closed indefinitely:

Festivals and events


A staggering number of museums worldwide have closed their doors indefinitely. Here are some of the most notable closures:

  • All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. are closed
  • Arlington National Cemetery is closed
  • New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic are all closed
  • The Louvre is closed.

Related: 10 iconic museums you can tour online

Theme parks

Until we see the light at the end of the tunnel, theme parks around the world will stay closed indefinitely. Here’s a list of some of the most famous:

  • Tokyo Disney Resort remains closed
  • Hong Kong Disneyland is closed indefinitely
  • Universal Studios Japan is closed indefinitely
  • Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood will remain closed until at least 31 May 2020
  • Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Paris are closed indefinitely
  • Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California are closed indefinitely

Additional reporting by Samantha Rosen.

Featured photo by Svetlana Isochenko/EyeEm/Getty Images.

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