Falling stocks, heated quarrels over oil, and that pesky coronavirus have many people distraught, included annual events and other highly anticipated segments. As more time passes, news outlets inform the public that various exhibitions won’t happen anymore, or they’re getting postponed. Quarantining and canceling events is a strategic move to help save lives by making sure hospitals don’t get flooded with patients. “Even if you don’t reduce total cases, slowing down the rate of an epidemic can be critical,” wrote Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington. Here are the public events that are postponed, canceled, or closed due to the fast=spreading virus.
The 34th annual SXSW (South by Southwest) festival canceled their event after lead partners withdrew from participating. After Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and TikTok bowed out, the tech, film, and music fest saw the need to cancel this year’s big event.
The original dates of operation were March 13 to 22, and they had a ton of events scheduled to take place. SXSW hosts things across the city of Austin in bars, party spaces, and the convention center. This was one of the first major public outings to bailout thanks to coronavirus.