Coronavirus cancellations and delays: From the NBA to Disney films and Broadway

Coronavirus cancellations and delays: From the NBA to Disney films and Broadway


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The novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in industries worldwide — from tech and sports to entertainment and politics. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency 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 E3 gaming showFacebook’s F8, the Geneva Motor ShowGoogle I/O and Mobile World Congress have been called off. 

On March 11, the same day the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic, the NBA suspended the remainder of its season. Other cultural events like the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and the Ultra Music Festival in Miami have been postponed.  

COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has killed more than 8,200 people and is confirmed to have infected more than 200,000 people around the world.  

Here’s how the outbreak is affecting our lives:

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  • 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 prevent the spread of coronavirus 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.” 


  • Closed its new plant 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, 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. Sprint and T-Mobile are in the process of merging, 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:

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. 

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