LOS ANGELES — As concerns grow over COVID-19, so does a list of events and theme parks that have been impacted across Southern California.
Below is a list of some of the SoCal events and theme parks that have been canceled, postponed, or temporarily closed to try and curtail the spread of the virus:
- Cruel World Festival - postponed to Sept. 12
- Rooftop Cinema Club 2020 Season - postponed
- iHeart Radio Music Awards - postoned
- Disneyland - temporarily closed starting March 14
- Knott's Berry Farm - temporarily closed starting March 14
- Universal Studios Hollywood - temporarily closed starting March 14
- Six Flags - temporarily closed
- Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - postponed
- Los Angeles Times Food Bowl - postponed
- 2020 Team USA Media Summit - postponed
- City of Duarte's 16th Annual Cesar Chavez Community Project Day - canceled
- Muslim Public Affairs Council's 29th annual Media Awards Ceremony - postponed
- California Charter School Association's annual conference - canceled
- 2020 BNP Paribas Open | Indian Wells - canceled
- RuPaul's DragCon LA 2020 -canceled
- Eros Ramazzotti at the Forum - canceled
- Coachella - postponed
- Stagecoach - postponed
- Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast - canceled
- WonderCon - postponed
- The Santa Barbara Orchid Show - canceled
- Hermosa Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade - canceled
- GLAAD Media Awards - postponed
Coachella and Stagecoach are to be rescheduled for October due to concerns over the coronavirus. Coachella, originally scheduled for the weekends of April 10-12 and April 17-19 will be postponed until the weekends of October 9-11 and October 16-18.
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Stagecoach will be moved from later in April to the weekend of October 23-25.
"At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns," read a statement from Goldenvoice, which produces the popular music festivals. "While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidlines and protocols put forth by public health officials.
As concerns continue to grow around the spread of the coronavirus, so does the list of event cancellations and postponements. Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that the "Los Angeles Times Festival of Books" would also be rescheduled due to the virus.
The annual book fair, which traditionally attracts thousands to the campus of USC over a two day period, was originally scheduled for April but has been moved back to October 3 and 4, according to The Times.
Additionally, The Times announced it plans to push back its fourth annual Food Bowl — originally scheduled for May — to an undetermined date in the fall.
"Whenever we host the public at our events, we take health and safety seriously," The Times said in a statement. "As we make plans to host the Festival of Books and Food Bowl in the fall, we will continue to monitor developments with the coronavirus in Southern California, and cross-reference with any guests who may be traveling to Southern California from affected areas to participate in our events."
As the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in L.A. County rises to 17, the two Times events join a growing list of event postponements and cancellations that also includes U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's 2020 Team USA Media Summit, which was planned for March 15-18 in downtown Los Angeles.
RuPaul's DragCon 2020, which was scheduled for May at the Los Angeles Convention Center, has also been canceled.
"The situation in California (and the world) is rapidly changing, with new information coming out everyday," read a statement on the event's website. "Unfortunately, there's no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May. Due to that uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we've decided that it's in the best interest of talent, staff, and attendees to cancel RuPaul's DragCon LA 2020."
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued special guidelines for ticketed venues in helping to prepare for and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Los Angeles County.
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, current global trends indicate that the virus may spread worldwide causing a pandemic," read the guidelines. "We need to prepare to prevent the spread of this infection locally."
"Public Health is proactively taking steps to prevent the spread of this infection. We strongly recommend that all organizations review and update their emergency plans and consider ways to continue essential services if on-site operations must be reduced temporarily," the guidelines continued. "If there is significant local community transmission of COVID-19, Public Health may need to implement more disruptive actions such as ordering the cancellation or modification of events and closing businesses to help to slow the spread of infections. We ask that venues begin to prepare in case such actions are required."
We will update this story as events unfold and more information becomes available.
COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.
For the latest updates go to: coronavirus.gov
City News Service contributed to this report.