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A List of All the Major Festivals and Events Canceled Due to Coronavirus
The coronavirus panic isn’t just screwing up the stock markets and your local store’s stock of hand sanitizer. It’s getting events across the country canceled, too.
Published on March 9, 2020

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The information below was last updated on April 9, 2020.]

Regardless of whether you think the coronavirus outbreak is the harbinger of the Apocalypse or just the latest example of mass hysteria, real-world fallout has followed the disease’s spread across the globe.

The novel coronavirus phenomenon, otherwise known as SARS-CoV-2 (the virus itself) or COVID-19 (the illness caused by the virus), may not have killed as many people as the flu, but it hasn’t been around as long as the flu, either. As of this writing, there are at least 1,599,396 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, with cases across over 190 countries and territories, on all continents except Antarctica. So far, 355,463 coronavirus patients have fully recovered from the illness, though 95,523 people have died from it.

The US was one of the latest nations to report coronavirus cases, and it also currently has more confirmed cases than any other country in the world. Right now, health officials reported roughly 465,586 confirmed cases and 16,545 deaths in the US.

Regardless of what you think about the outbreak and the masses’ responses to it, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. On March 13, President Trump declared the pandemic a national emergency. And that means governments — and businesses — around the world want to keep this bug contained as much as humanly possible to avoid further damaging the stock markets, triggering riots, straining resources, or losing more innocent lives

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What to do? If you hoard everything you own to prepare for the End Times, will you hurt the economy? If you go outdoors with reckless abandon, do you risk spreading the virus to your loved ones? Should you stay in this weekend, holed up in your fort of toilet paper rolls and hand sanitizers, or should you take your chances on a night out with your friends? 

Well, soon, you may not have many options available for going out. Below, you’ll find a list of some major festivals, shows, concerts, expos, and conferences that have been canceled due to fears surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. This list is by no means complete nor is it comprehensive. MERRY JANE will update this list as we receive more info.

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