Several events around the world have been cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Photograph from Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News
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Here’s a list of events that have been cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19

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The effects of the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak continue to extend beyond hospital beds and impromptu quarantines. Among other preventive measures, health authorities are recommending that the public limit their exposure to crowds. That, along with widespread flight and route cancellations, would-be travelers are opting to stay home.

Because of this, not only is tourism in many countries taking a hit, but also major events around the world. It is a global logistical nightmare. Many have already cancelled, or seriously mulling over the possibility of cancellation, which presents a possible deathly blow to businesses. No less than the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, scheduled from July 24 to August 9, have been deliberating over postponement or cancellation, which, given the scale of the event, might mean putting the Japanese government’s more than USD 12 billion investment in peril.

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Regionally, a lot of events and conferences have been cancelled, or, as in the case of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, have opted to go virtual. In the Philippines, concerts like those of Avril Lavigne and Jimmy Eat World have been cancelled while large sporting events like the UAAP have been put off.

Here are some of the confirmed cancellations or postponements, locally and around the world:


1. Avril Lavigne’s Asian tour.

2. The 98 Degrees Concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

3. Jimmy Eat World at the New Frontier Theater.

4. While Wanderland Music and Arts Festival is pushing through at a later date , several artists have cancelled their appearance.

5. Slipknot’s Nero Forte in Manila.

6. Khalid’s Free Spirit Asia Tour 2020.


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1. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Last Vegas.

2. The Department of Tourism’s month-long nationwide mall sale.

3. The Cultural Center of the Philippines Pasinaya Festival 2020.

4. Araw ng Dabaw celebrations.

5. La Trinidad’s Strawberry Festival.

6. Several shows during Paris and Milan Fashion Week. Shanghai Fashion Week pushed through but is only doing so via streaming.

7. Major cherry blossom festivals in Japan.

8. Okinawa’s Azalea Festival.

9. The last two days of the Venice Carnival.

10. All upcoming public events by the Dalai Lama.



1. Philippine Basketball Association Season 45.

2. Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.

3. A handful of Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in Asia.

4. Professional Gold Association (PGA) Tour Series-China.

5. All NCAA juniors events.

6. World Rugby Sevens events in Singapore and Hongkong.

7. Boxing Olympics qualifiers for Asia and Oceania.