Coronavirus Causing Cancellations

Shelese Moore, News Editor

The coronavirus has changed a lot in people’s day-to-day life. With the CDC recommending people keep to groups of ten or less and social distancing being the name of the game, many events have had to be canceled or altered for the sake of public safety.

Beginning with the NBA after the Jazz’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, droves of sporting events have been postponed. The National Hockey League has also postponed games due to a diagnosis of the virus. The team, the Ottawa Senators, has not announced the name of the player. 

Many leagues have postponed games as a precaution. The NCAA, or college basketball, has canceled its championships as well—including March Madness. Major League Baseball and the Boston Marathon have both been postponed.

Shows running on Broadway in New York have shut down as well. Officials banned any gatherings over 500 people. Due to the large numbers and close capacity of Broadway theaters—not to mention the close contact between actors—social distancing isn’t an option in these settings. 

This is economically devastating to many actors and businesses involved in these productions. However, many actors and employees reported to the New York Times their relief at the shutdowns stopping more spread of the virus.

Many live concerts have been canceled for the same reason as Broadway shows. Many of these artists are using technology to stream concerts digitally.

From classical performances live-streamed out of empty concert halls to pop artists playing the guitar in their bedrooms, there are a lot of these concerts available online. The website npr.org has an updating list of the shows available with links to where to watch them.

Hollywood is taking a hit due to fears of the virus as well. Despite decreasing the number of patrons allowed into theaters to allow social distancing, very few are attending theaters. CNN Business reports that compared to this week last year, profit from movies dropped 60%. 

Many movie companies are responding by postponing the release of films, including “Mulan,” “A Quiet Place II” and the James Bond movie “No Time To Die.”

Some studios are responding by putting their films on streaming services early. Universal Pictures’ “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt” and “Emma” can be rented on Xfinity Stream, Sky, iTunes and Amazon Movies. Disney+ has added Frozen 2 to its library, three months before the originally planned streaming date.

Another major shift comes from late-night T.V. These shows are traditionally done with a live audience. With many of them filmed in New York City and Los Angeles, areas that have been heavily affected by the outbreak, they can no longer film from their regular studios. 

That hasn’t stopped the shows, however. From Stephen Colbert’s bathtub to John Oliver’s weird, white, void-like temporary set, these shows lean into the unusual situation in their humor. These shows are giving out real information regarding the virus and setting a good example of how people can stay alert without giving in to panic, as well as the importance of taking precautions such as social distancing seriously.