An updated list due to the pandemic
Keeping track of the all the latest closings, include Nike, Apple, Warby Parker and more.
As the coronavirus—the infection that causes the illness COVID-19—has quickly spread across the world, global industries have struggled to adjust as businesses shut down and international travel slows to a trickle. Airlines are in free fall, cruise lines have suspended operation and retailers are closing stores, while ad agencies are now working remotely.
Since China reported initial cases of an unusual pneumonia to the World Health Organization in December, governments in 201 countries globally have reported cases of the virus, according to the WHO. Over 509,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 23,000 deaths worldwide have been reported.
The current death toll in the United States is 1,246, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 85,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed across the country. Over the course of the last week the numbers in New York have skyrocketed, making the state an epicenter of the global pandemic. According to the New York Department of Health, more than 25,000 people in New York City alone have tested positive for the virus.
We’ll keep a running list of how the pandemic is affecting the ad world, from retail closings to event cancellations.
To help our readers, we’ve freed up three stories to help guide you through this crisis. For the rest of our coronavirus coverage, visit our coronavirus landing page.
- A Guide on How to Make the Most of Working From Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- 3 Elements of Your Brand That Can Shine Through in These Harrowing Times
- How to Survive a Brand Quarantine During Coronavirus
On March 24, we launched another resource: Adweek Together, a daily live discussion at 1 p.m. on LinkedIn hosted by Adweek editors along with the leaders of the agencies, brands and companies we cover. Together, we’ll be seeking guidance, solutions and information as we work through the coronavirus crisis.
Editor’s note: All times are E.T.
March 27, 2020
1:29 p.m. The U.S. House of Representatives passes a $2 trillion spending bill to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic
7:15 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces via Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID-19
March 26, 2020
3:10 p.m.: PopSugar postpones its third annual Play/Ground festival, which was to be held in June in New York City
11:11 a.m.: NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell shared in a staff memo that he has COVID-19
9:37 a.m.: Airbnb’s CEO announces via Twitter that the company will provide housing to 100,000 COVID-19 responders around the world
8:30 a.m.: Today would have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball. Instead, the league is celebrating the day virtually
With the start of the season postponed for at least two months, the league is streaming 30 games today across multiple platforms. It also set up a coronavirus information page on its website to support fans and combat disinformation.
8:30 a.m.: Nearly 3.3 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor.
It’s the highest number of claims ever recorded. Several states noted that the increase in claims were due to layoffs in the service industry as a result of COVID-19.
March 25, 2020
7:02 p.m.: The American Black Film Festival is postponed until October
The 24th annual event was scheduled for June 17-21 in Miami Beach. Instead, it’s been rescheduled for Oct. 21-25.
4:58 p.m.: The London International Awards cancels its 2020 festival
9:00 a.m.: Dave Matthews will perform a solo livestream show to help support small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic
The concert will kick off a weekly entertainment series sponsored by Verizon called “Play It Forward Live.” The series will feature musicians, gamers, comedy and more. Verizon has said that it will donate up to $5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation, which will use the funds to provide grants to small businesses facing financial pressure due to COVID-19.
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