As the virus spreads around the world, infecting more than 89,000 people globally, major tourist attractions and events that draw visitors from all over the globe are feeling its effects.
As new coronavirus cases are confirmed daily, more closures and cancellations are expected. For the most up-to-date information on the status of an attraction or event, check the institution’s or event’s main web page.
When Shanghai Disney closed on January 24, it did not offer any information on its plans to reopen. With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases — and deaths — higher in China than anywhere else, it’s unclear when Shanghai Disney will resume operations.
Hong Kong Disneyland is also temporarily closed with no reopening date scheduled.
If you have travel plans centered around visiting a theme park or resort area, check with the park for the latest information on operations.
Several museums in Milan, Venice and other areas in northern Italy were closed temporarily and will reopen with new safety measures.
In South Korea, the National Museum of Korea and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art are among the country’s national institutions closed until further notice.
One of the world’s largest marathons, the Tokyo Marathon, went off with a major hitch yesterday.
An extremely limited field of elite runners was allowed to run the race as planned. Others were left scrambling to make different arrangements.
Following suit, in accordance with the French government’s order that all public gatherings of more than 5,000 people be canceled, Paris announced cancellation of its annual winter half marathon. The 40,000-plus running event was supposed to take place on the city’s streets on March 1.
So far, there are no plans to cancel the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
But Japan’s baseball season got off to a lackluster start with the Giants first two games played in an empty Tokyo Dome.
The Thailand Grand Prix announced its postponement, and there’s speculation that the Vietnam Grand Prix will not go on as scheduled on April 5.
No cultural corner is immune to the outbreak. Several musical artists have canceled tour dates in Asia, including BTS and Green Day. Green Day’s website indicates it plans to resume touring in Moscow this spring.