Coronavirus Updates: Cities Shut Down, IHeartRadio Music Awards & Met Gala Postponed And So Much More

The coronavirus outbreak continues to change the world as we know it with no signs of letting up anytime soon.

As the virus has now been confirmed to have active cases in all 50 states, cities through the U.S. are shutting down, including D.C., New York, L.A., and more.

Donald Trump has gone on record saying that the current pandemic could last until July or August, or even later if people do not practice #SocialDistancing. Trump has requested that people participate in groups of less than 10 people, if at all, to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Government officials are also begging individuals to stay indoors and only leave their homes for emergencies such as work, grocery shopping, the doctor, or pharmacy to avoid spreading the virus. This request has caused most businesses throughout the U.S. to close indefinitely, forcing people to either work from home or be left to file for unemployment if they’re sent home without pay.

In the entertainment industry, there have been numerous cancellations and postponed events from festivals to television productions, etc.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards is among one the latest events in Hollywood to be pushed back. Set to be hosted by R&B icon Usher on March 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the event has been postponed due to the arena being closed until at least the 31st.

“iHeartMedia and Fox will plan to reschedule at the appropriate time and will provide more information and relevant updates as they become available. Refunds are being issued to ticketed guests,” an iHeartMediaRep revealed in a statement.

Another big Hollywood even pushed back is the annual Met Gala. Hosted by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the event has always been on the first Monday in May, since 2005; however, due to COVID-19, it’s been pushed back until further notice.

“Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date,” Wintour wrote in a statement.

During its 72-year streak, the event priced at $30,000 per ticket has been affected by a worldwide crisis before, including both the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and 9/11 in 200. The event was canceled altogether, following both tragedies.

Restaurants have also closed the option to dine in, and are only allowing carry-out orders.

K-12 schooling and universities have been canceled throughout the U.S. leaving kids to practice homeschooling and online learning during this time. However, many students rely on breakfast and lunch at school, so several organizations across the world are helping assist families in making sure students stay fed.

MLB opening day, originally scheduled for March 26, has been pushed back two weeks.

Bars and nightclubs have been closed down for 30 days.

Stores such as Bath & Body Works, Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Starbucks, Crate & Barrel, and more have closed all U.S. locations due to the wild-spread of the virus.

Uber and Lyft have suspended the ride-sharing option, for the time being, to help prevent further spread of the virus.

The NBA is still suspended as more players continue to test positive. Rudy Gobert was the first, followed by Donovan Mitchell. Early Tuesday, it was announced four players from the Nets had tested positive with Kevin Durant being one of the confirmed cases.

Actors Tom Hanks, his wife Rita Wilson, and Idris Elba have also all tested positive for the coronavirus and are self-isolating themselves to keep others safe.

To date, the virus is nearing 200,000 confirmed cases with almost 8,000 deaths.


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