The novelcontinues to wreak havoc in industries worldwide — from tech and sports to entertainment and politics. President Donald Trump declared on March 13, a move that followed the effective closure of Italy. Many companies have shut factories and banned business-related travel; major cultural institutions like New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art have closed; political rallies have been canceled; and big tech industry events such as the , , the , and have been called off.
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Here’s how the outbreak is affecting our lives:
- On March 11, the coronavirus. after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for the
- on March 12 as it “continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.”
- Several major Division I conferences in the NCAA, including the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and American Athletic Conference, said on March 12 that they would cancel their respective conference tournaments this week. The .
- On March 12, the suspending spring training games and would initially by at least two weeks. On March 16, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared updated recommendations restricting events with more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, the MLB said it would follow those guidelines and further delay the opening of the regular season. . The MLB said it was
- The , the first race of the 2020 Formula One season, was canceled after a McLaren team member tested positive for the virus. The next two races, in Bahrain and Vietnam, have been postponed.
- Officials in Long Beach, California, also called for the cancellation of all large-scale events through April, which includes the city’s Grand Prix.
- The English Premier League UEFA postponed its European Championship national tournament to next year. This may allow leagues including the EPL to finish their seasons over the summer. until at least April 3 after a player and coach on different teams tested positive for the virus. On March 17, European soccer’s governing body
- The Augusta National Golf Club postponed the 2020 Masters Tournament on March 13 citing “the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community.” The club didn’t provide a new date for the tournament.
- The Boston Marathon will move its date from April 20 to Sept. 14, according to the Boston Athletic Association.
- Video game publisher EA said it’s suspending all live events for its competitive gaming series, which includes the Apex Legends Global Series, EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series, FIFA Online 4 Live Events and Madden NFL 20 Championship Series. The suspension began March 13 and will continue “until the global coronavirus situation improves.” Online events in which participants and staff are isolated will continue, EA said.
Cultural happenings and institutions
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York said on March 12 that it would temporarily close. On March 16, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour said this year’s Met Gala, which was slated to take place in May, has been postponed.
- The postponed until next year. was pushed back to October, and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami was
- On March 12, WonderCon Anaheim, which was slated to take place in April, was postponed.
- The Kentucky Derby Festival postponed all events through April 4, with the Kentucky Derby reportedly postponed until Sept. 5.
- The Broadway theaters also closed on March 12. , which was slated to take place in April, was postponed after New York banned events with 500 or more people.
- Beyond Wonderland SoCal, which was scheduled to take place in March, was postponed until June. EDC Las Vegas is still currently scheduled to take place in May.
- Patreon will be hosting a livestream on March 18 to support artists affected by canceled concerts and events.
- Billie Eilish is postponing her North American tour dates. The rescheduled dates will be announced soon.
- A handful of late-night shows in New York, including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, will reportedly halt production until March 30, at the soonest. The Ellen Show announced March 13 it’s suspending production until March 30.
- ABC show The Bachelorette, with Clare Crawley as the lead looking for love, has been postponed, Warner Bros. Television Group announced March 13.
- A number of have seen their release dates pushed back, including A Quiet Place 2, Mulan and the next James Bond installment, No Time to Die. On Friday, Walt Disney Studios said it’s .
- The Jonas Brothers said their April 1 to 18 residency in Las Vegas had been canceled.
- Kelly Clarkson has postponed her Las Vegas residency from April 1 to July.
- The Washington Monument will temporarily close March 14, the National Park Service announced March 13.
- The Office of the First Lady canceled this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll, which was slated to take place April 13. “The health and safety of all Americans must be the first priority, especially right now,” First Lady Melania Trump said in a statement.
- Mandy Moore postponed her tour dates, saying in an Instagram post that “We will be announcing the rescheduled dates as soon as possible.”
- Professional BusinessWomen of California postponed its 2020 conference, which was meant to take place April 14, until August 11.
- The Rolling Stones have postponed their summer tour of North America, which was meant to kick off in San Diego May 8 and conclude in Atlanta July 9.
- Announced it’s “recommending” all Seattle, Puget Sound area and San Francisco Bay Area employees who are “in a job that can be done from home should do so through March 25.” Company president Brad Smith also said it’ll continue to pay its hourly campus workers their regular wages even if their work hours are reduced.
- Warned investors that revenue in the business segment that includes its Windows operating system and Surface devices would likely miss earlier forecasts.
- Microsoft announced on March 12 it’s canceling its in-person Build 2020 developer event. The Build show will go on in a virtual way, officials said, in the same mid-May time slot that the regular conference was planned.
- On March 16 Microsoft announced that all of its stores around the world will be closed “until further notice.”
- Will allow guests to cancel reservations without penalty if they’ve booked in China through April 1.
- Offered a new program called “More Flexible Reservations” that allows travelers to cancel eligible reservations without being charged, and requires hosts to refund the reservation regardless of any previous contracted cancellation policy. Airbnb’s service fees for trips booked through June 1 will be refundable with travel coupons.
- Temporarily suspended roughly 240 user accounts in Mexico to after those users had come in contact with two drivers possibly exposed to the virus.
- Announced any driver or Uber Eats delivery person who’s diagnosed with COVID-19 or is individually asked to self-isolate by a public health authority will get financial assistance for up to 14 days while the account is on hold.
- When ordering Uber Eats delivery, customers now have the option of leaving a note in the Uber Eats app asking the delivery person to leave the food at the door, rather than have an in-person transaction.
- Created a support team to help public health authorities in their response to the epidemic. The company said this team may temporarily suspend the accounts of riders or drivers confirmed to have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19.
- Strongly recommended employees to work from home in several countries where the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing, including the US, Canada, Japan, Europe and South Korea. The recommendation extends through April 6.
- Encouraged employees at its San Francisco headquarters to work from home after one team member was found to be “in contact with someone who was exposed to COVID-19.”
- Has partnered with EO Products to distribute more than 200,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies to drivers. The company also said in mid-March that it would “provide funds to drivers should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 or put under individual quarantine by a public health agency.”
- in Shanghai for a planned week and a half after the Chinese government told private companies to temporarily cease operations.
- Warned investors that the shutdown may “slightly” affect first-quarter profits.
- IBM tweeted March 9 it’s encouraging employees who live and work in New York City or Westchester County to work from home until further notice if their job permits. Both areas are subject to coronavirus community spread.
- Cloudflare is offering its Cloudflare for Teams, a suite of security tools, to small businesses affected by the coronavirus for free for six months. It’s also helped launch an industry effort, called OpenforBusiness.org, to support small companies.
- The company is letting employees in affected regions work remotely.
- CEO Eric Yuan has reportedly removed time limits for his company’s teleconferencing tools on free accounts for K-12 schools.
- Discord is easing the limit on its Go Live streaming service from 10 people at a time to 50, so teachers can conduct classes, co-workers can collaborate and groups can meet remotely.
- This will last for “as long as it’s critically needed,” CEO Jason Citron said in a blog post. He also warned that demand for the service is likely to surge, and it may suffer performance issues.
- The online food ordering service emailed customers to say it’s deferring commission fees for independent restaurants, which it says are suffering dine-in drops of up to 75%.
- In a letter posted to the company’s website on March 17, T-Mobile president and COO Mike Sievert says the carrier will close “about 80% of our store locations, leaving a critical mass of 20% of stores open to provide important service to customers.” These stores will remain closed until “at least March 31.”
- Stores inside indoor malls have also been closed.
- Staffing levels inside the carrier’s customer service centers have also been reduced.
- All smartphone data plans now have unlimited data and the carrier is giving customers 20GB of extra mobile hotspot data over the next 60 days.
- On March 18, AT&T announced that it would be closing 40% of company-owned retail stores nationwide while adjusting the hours of those that remain open.
- Home internet users will have data caps suspended and will not be charged for overages. The company is also waiving late fees for bill payments on home phone, broadband or wireless users that are delayed as a result of the pandemic.
- On March 14, T-Mobile announced that Sprint customers will be able to roam on its network for the next 60 days. , but this will give Sprint users access to T-Mobile’s network even before the deal fully closes.
- On March 17, the company said it would “close approximately 71% of Sprint retail stores across the country,” as well as stores inside malls, Sprint Express locations inside Walgreens and all stores in Puerto Rico.
Tech industry events
Several prominent industry events were canceled or revamped because of concerns over the coronavirus. They include:
- Facebook’s and its .
- The , one of the , after the Swiss government banned all events of 1,000 people or more.
- The annual Adobe Summit in Las Vegas. Instead the company says some content will be offered online.
- , the company’s biggest event of the year, where the tech giant announces its newest products and initiatives.
- The keynote and product announcements for Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference, typically held in San Jose, California, and attracting about 10,000 people, was canceled on March 16. The company earlier announced plans to make the event online-only. Nvidia said it will continue to hold online training sessions starting March 25.
- The annual Snap Partner Summit. Snap, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, said it will be an online-only event, with a keynote scheduled for April 2.
- Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty League live matches planned for 2020. They’ll be shifted into online-only events, after the company canceled all Overwatch League homestand matches through April.
- Also, the annual Game Developers Conference, originally scheduled to take place March 16 to 20 in San Francisco, Sony, EA and Facebook dropped out. after exhibitors such as Amazon, Microsoft, Epic Games,
- The annual cybersecurity took place as scheduled in late February in San Francisco, but major exhibitors like backed out.
- SXSW, which was slated to take place in March, was also .
CNET’s Corinne Reichert, Ben Fox Rubin, Jackson Ryan, Shara Tibken, Lynn La, Sean Szymkowski, Dara Kerr, Queenie Wong, Oscar Gonzalez, Dan Ackerman, Stephen Shankland, Chris Paukert, Erin Carson, Edward Moyer, Sean Keane, Abrar Al-Heeti, Eli Blumenthal and Ian Sherr contributed to this report.