The CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Has Many Large Gatherings Cancelled

With the outbreak and spread of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19), various large gatherings and locations are being postponed, rerouted to somewhere else or flat out canceled, left and right. Some of these gatherings, or locations you wouldn’t expect to be shut down due to the CoronaVirus. AMERiders has the update.

One such event is the Silk Way Rally which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020, however, thanks to COVID-19 those plans might change between now and race time. The event is scheduled to take place between July 3rd & 16th, 2020, and start in Moscow’s Red Square, and return to Kazakhstan for some of its 12 total rally stages in 2020. Note that: Registration is currently open for the 2020 SWR if you want to participate.


The Silk Way Rally Organization Committee is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 that broke out in the beginning of the year and that is affecting some regions of China. SWR Organizers maintain constant contact with the relevant authorities and the Chinese Automobile Federation.
If there is any danger to the health and safety of rally competitors, the SWR sporting department will modify the final stages of the race route. The race will be conducted anyway, and we will ensure its total safety.
We offer our full support to all our Chinese partners and hope the situation will get better very soon. The final decision on the exact route of the Silk Way Rally will be made shortly.

Vladimir Chagin – Head of the Silk Way Rally
Other large gatherings and locations.

I mentioned other large gatherings and locations above here is a list of some of those. A Few gatherings are really big things.

NASCAR announced Friday that it has postponed this weekend’s races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and next weekend’s races at Homestead-Miami Speedway because of COVID-19. No makeup dates have been set.

IndyCar announced it has canceled all events through April.

The Masters Tournament, scheduled for April 9-12, has been postponed.

The Boston Marathon, scheduled for April 20, announced Friday that the event has been moved to Sept. 14.

MLB: announced a delay in the regular season “by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic.” The opening day had been scheduled for March 26.

The NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournament, turning March Madness into March Sadness, and all spring sports championships, including some events that would not be held until after Memorial Day.

Harlem Globetrotters have suspended games for the next two weeks. (This made my husband and I sad as they had a game scheduled for this weekend for our town and it was canceled)

NBA: The league suspended the season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The league has told its teams that play will be suspended a minimum of 30 days.

NFL: NFL Media reported March 3 that the league is “closely monitoring developments” related to the coronavirus and that it is still planning to hold the NFL draft in Las Vegas on April 23-25. The NFL’s annual meeting in late March, which is attended by team owners, general managers and coaches, has been canceled.

NHL: The league announced Thursday that it is suspending the season indefinitely. In a statement, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expressed hope play would resume “as soon as possible,” but no definite timeline was announced.

High schools: The Los Angeles Unified School District has directed its high school principals and athletic directors to ban spectators from sporting events to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a memo sent to schools Wednesday. The CIF announced on Thursday morning that it is canceling the state basketball championships scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Some big ones

International Olympic Committee (Tokyo 2020 Olympics): The IOC has insisted on numerous occasions that the Summer Games in Tokyo, scheduled to begin July 24, will take place as planned. But officials in Greece have barred spectators from the traditional lighting of the Olympic torch and multiple qualifying events have been canceled.

World Figure Skating Championships: The health minister of Quebec, Danielle McCann, announced Wednesday that the competition, scheduled in Montreal from March 16-22, has been canceled.

Formula One: The globe-trotting racing series will not start its 2020 season until May. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend has been canceled, and previously scheduled races in Bahrain, Vietnam, and China have been postponed. The season is scheduled to begin on May 1 with the Dutch Grand Prix.

(Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

One of the most shocking of all is the fourth time since it opened in 1955 Disneyland will close beginning March 14th through the end of the month. The biggest news for the Mouse is that all Disney parks across the globe will be closed by the 16th of March.

If you want complete information on the virus here are two links below that I believe are better than using the media hype.

CDC and the virus live update

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