The newest addition to the coronavirus family, COVID-19, has made its way around the world and is now well established in the United States. We’ve seen the cost in lives and dollars as patients have died and markets have tanked. But what we’re only just now starting to see is the cultural toll this pandemic is taking on America.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered that the state’s primary race be canceled in order to protect public health. This goes against a ruling by a judge earlier in the day that 12 hours notice is too little time to inform the public.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has announced that restaurants, nightclubs, and bars will be closed until at least the end of March. Takeout and delivery options will still be available.
California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington state announced over the weekend that establishments will be closed for in-person dining but can remain open for deliveries, curbside pick-ups, and drive-through services.
Liberty Nation’s Joe Schaeffer wrote recently about how the NBA has suspended the remainder of the season over this illness, and how the NCAA planned a fan-free March Madness. But this was only just the beginning. At Liberty Nation, we’re keeping up with the cancellations across the nation. Be sure to check back regularly, as this list will be updated as more information becomes available.
Seattle: The state of Washington, home to the vast majority of Coronavirus deaths in the U.S., has been hit especially hard. There are many closures around the state – especially in the Seattle area. The Woodland Park Zoo, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the city parks, and the library are all seeing closures and event cancellations. The St. Patrick’s Day parade is canceled, as is the first two sailings of the cruise season, amongst many others. The schools in all three counties of Western WA will be closed for six weeks starting March 16.
NBA: The National Basketball Association suspended the 2019-2020 season “until further notice” on March 11 after a player was diagnosed with Coronavirus. It is unclear games will recommence.
MLB: Spring training for Major League Baseball has been canceled, and the season itself is postponed at least two weeks.
NCAA: The National College announced March 11 that all games would be players, essential personnel and close family only, but, as of Thursday, March 12, that all championships are cancelled. March Madness will take a year off, it seems.
NHL: The National Hockey League has suspended the remainder of its season after Thursday’s games.
NAIA: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has canceled all winter championship events.
USL: The United Soccer League is suspending the season for 30 days to see how things go, though further suspension is possible.
Disneyland: Disneyland has officially closed due to Coronavirus. The park itself will close Saturday, March 14, but the hotels will remain open until March 16. If all goes well, it will reopen in April.
New York: Life in the Big Apple is changing drastically. There will be no St. Patrick’s Day parade, the subway schedule has been limited, and the state has passed a ban on any groups of 500 or more people.
Mormon Church has suspended all public services worldwide.
Broadway theaters has suspended all performances through April 12.
Louisiana is postponing its April 4 primary. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is asking that the governor postpone it to June 20 and municipal elections to July 25.