Impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the entertainment industry

Coachella has been postponed.

Famous music event Coachella Valley Music Arts Festival, popularly known as Coachella has confirmed the rescheduling of festival dates, following the continued vigilance being observed by companies and service providers worldwide over coronavirus.

The fete, originally scheduled for the weekends of April 10 and April 17 has been pushed towards the end of the year, with officials saying that ticket buyers will access refunds at will.

The postponement of Coachella is not the first of the hits that the film and entertainment industry has taken due to the highly contagious disease rocking the globe. The gravity of the loss of lives and high risk of infection takes center stage, with the virus taking a toll on different industries, sweeping across tourism, travel and health.

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China

China’s film industry was impacted quickly, with movie theatres in the country being shut down and the release of numerous blockbuster movies cancelled. As a result, the film industry has reportedly lost as much as $5 billion.

“China responded with what the World Health Organization called ‘perhaps the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history,’ including closing down manufacturing sectors, sharing information widely, executing mass testing and quarantining millions of people. The Chinese government made the decision to absorb a significant economic cost to contain COVID-19 rather than potentially lose control,” reads an article in Forbes.

On February 28, four-time Billboard Music Award-winning KPop group BTS cancelled a series of planned concerts in Seoul, South Korea’s capital. The shows were originally slated to run between April 11 and April 19.

Following suit was the cancellation of South by South West, a popular film, music and media festival which takes place annually in Austin, Texas. The event was heavily impacted, with insurance reportedly not covering cancellation due to outbreaks and emergency declarations

After the confirmation of the first case of coronavirus in Nice, France, the 2020 edition of the prestigious Cannes Film festival is reportedly in question. The event, an international film festival held in Cannes, France, showcases new films of all genres from around the world.

Naomi Campbell. Photo: Courtesy.

Celebrities, from Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow to Kourtney Kardashian have widely shared selfies of themselves wearing masks while travelling, fueling the trend of wearing face-masks during these risky times.

Notably, pop star Justin Bieber had to massively scale down his performance venues from stadiums to arenas due to the disease. Several arenas took to their Twitter accounts, informing fans that the venues were changed to nearby stadiums due to “unforeseen circumstances”, with the changes being reflected on Bieber’s website.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s latest project, Red Notice has also seen changes due to coronavirus. The action movie was scheduled to be filmed Italy, but producers are reportedly exploring other locations due to the outbreak of the illness in the country.

Mega franchise Mission Impossible has also been hit hard, halting production and sending crew home. Shooting of the seventh film in the series was due to take place in Venice in the oncoming weeks, but the plan changed after Italy recorded the worst outbreak in Europe.

Famous body-builder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger bore the brunt of the suffering industry when his annual fitness expo saw no guests attend due to fears of the disease. The venue of the 32nd annual Arnold Sports Festival was reportedly completely empty, with an expected 250,000 fans opting out following growing concerns over infection.


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