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Coronavirus & The Entertainment Industry: 03/09/2020


Shanghai Disney Resort Opens Several Restaurants
Shanghai Disney Resort reopened several restaurant and shopping establishments near its entrance Monday, a tentative step towards the eventual reopening of the full facility after being closed by the coronavirus. On the downside, guests “will be required to undergo temperature screening procedures upon their arrival, will need to present their Health QR Code when entering dining venues, and will be required to wear a mask during their entire visit.” So it sounds like a fun time.

American Film Institute Postpones Julie Andrews Gala
The American Film Institute says it is postponing its 48th annual AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring Julie Andrews. The organization originally planned to give Andrews its Life Achievement Award on April 25th in Los Angeles. It will be rescheduled for early summer.

Insurance Carried By Many Music Festivals Won’t Cover COVID-19 Shutdown
Most people would assume that any major music festival would have insurance that covers them in case of a cancellation due to factors out of their control. But as the Guardian notes, while most festivals do have the insurance, most festivals aren’t insured for communicable diseases.

“It is very rare,” says Steven Howell of Music Insurance Brokers. “The only people who tend to buy it are the ones that are concerned about things like foot and mouth or swine flu. I have some clients who buy it every year, but the majority don’t.”

Michael Rawlings, underwriting manager at Event Insurance Services, agrees, saying that outside of animal-based events, “very few people would have had the foresight to have insurance against communicable disease”.

Formula 1 Boss Confident First Three Grand Prix Races Will Go On

Both the FIA and the sport's owners, Liberty Media, said on Saturday night that the first three races of the new season, starting in Melbourne next Sunday, will continue as planned despite the coronavirus outbreak. The second leg of the F1 season is set for Bahrain on March 22nd and leg three is in Hanoi on April 5th. But despite those assurances, the future of F1 this season is still in flux, as Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad announced on Sunday that his country’s Formula One race will only allow “participants only” over fears about the coronavirus.

Odds & Sods:
The women’s world hockey championships in Canada were canceled Saturday due to coronavirus concerns. The two-week tournament was set to open March 31st, with venues in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. The International Ice Hockey Federation will wait until mid-April to determine whether to proceed with the men’s world championships set to open May 8 in Switzerland.

The NBA has asked teams to consider contingency plans that would include possibly playing games without fans in the stands. Los Angeles Laker superstar LeBron James responded to the idea in an interview over the weekend, telling reporters he wouldn’t play in an empty arena.

Televangelist Jim Bakker has been ordered to stop selling a fake coronavirus cure. The Office of the New York Attorney General made the move after Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman appeared on “The Jim Bakker Show” promoting a “Silver Solution,” which Bakker sells on his website for $125. According to Sellman, the solution solution would rid your body of the coronavirus within 12 hours.