How the Coronavirus Is Impacting Hollywood and Entertainment

Coachella…postponed. Disneyland…closed. James Bond won’t return to theaters as scheduled. Shows like Good Morning America aren’t filming in front of studio audiences. Others like, The Amazing Race, have suspended production. The NBA and other sports leagues suspended their seasons. The iHeartRadio Music Awards have been postponed. And the 2020 Summer Olympics…will no longer take place in 2020.

In just three months of the new year, thousands of people around the world have died from the potentially fatal virus and even more have been infected, including famous names like Tom Hanks and Rita WilsonIdris Elba and many more. 

With no cure or vaccine, a rapidly rising death toll and number of reported cases, the outbreak has caused worldwide panic. It has spurred stocks to plummet, schools to close, travel to halt and millions of people to flock to stores to clean the shelves of products like toilet paper and hand sanitizers. Needless to say, the impact of this pandemic is being felt all over the world and in practically every way, including over in Tinseltown, where movie productions, tours and beloved annual events are facing a domino effect of cancelations and postponements. 

Here’s all the ways the coronavirus is impacting Hollywood and entertainment:

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(This story was originally published on Thursday, March 5 at 10:16 a.m. PST)

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