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 202 countries globally have reported cases of the virus, according to the WHO. Over 638,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 30,000 deaths worldwide have been reported.
The current death toll in the United States is 2,112, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 112,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed across the country. Over the course of the last couple weeks 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 33,000 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 30, 2020
12:28 p.m.: Whole Foods employees plan to strike Tuesday to protest lack of worker protections during pandemic
The strike at the grocery chain follows a string of actions from workers in essential industries related to the way the economy has changed as a result of the coronavirus. Today, Instacart and Amazon workers were on strike demanding better worker protections, and General Electric employees protested demanding that jet factories pivot to making ventilators.
12:10 p.m.: Facebook pledges another $100 million to support the news industry
The social media giant said today in a blog post that $25 million will go toward emergency grants for local publishers, while $75 million will go to additional market spending.
11:25 a.m.: Top execs at the Walt Disney Company will forego salaries or take pay cuts as parks stay closed
Walt Disney Company executive chairman Bob Iger will forego his entire salary amid the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Bob Chapek will take a 50% pay cut. Other executives will have their salaries cut by 20-30%, according to reports.
9:02 a.m.: Amazon launches a blog promising daily updates about its coronavirus response
The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on the company’s ecommerce systems, prompting the addition of 100,000 temporary workers to help fulfill orders. The blog features announcements regarding health and safety procedures and corporate philanthropy related to the pandemic.
8:47 a.m.: The International Olympic Committee sets new dates for postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The Summer Olympics, postponed last week as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, have been rescheduled. The Games—which will still be called the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020—will take place from July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. The Paralympic Games will be held from Aug. 24-Sept. 5, 2021. The new dates were agreed upon today by the the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and the governments of Japan and Tokyo.
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