The coronavirus pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of our lives. From bars and nightclubs to shops and restaurants, our entire lives have changed as a result of COVID-19 — even many religious institutions have closed their doors. Indeed, many of you reading this might be working from home, while others may be on furlough.
But there are plenty of entertainment events that have been impacted by the pandemic too. Here are just a few major entertainment events that have been affected by COVID-19.
One of the world’s biggest horse races, it was announced on the 16th March that the Grand National was canceled as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
But far from letting punters miss out on some betting action, the organizers held a virtual Grand National instead.
The event was broadcast on live television, with punters able to place bets on some of the world’s best betting sites (such as those reviewed by OnlineCasinos). It even featured actual commentators offering their tips and insights into the race!
It’s withstood scorching sun, heavy rain, and thousands of revelers, but even the iconic Glastonbury Festival couldn’t withstand the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite announcing several headlining acts just weeks before, on the 18th March, Michael and Emily Eavis confirmed that Glasto 2020 would not be going ahead.
Naturally, this throws up an uncertain future for its various acts and headliners. With current attendees able to retain their ticket for use next year, would the lineup stay the same? Or would it change as artists drop out? All that remains to be seen.
One of the most hotly-anticipated events of 2020, the Tokyo Olympics were set to be an event like no other.
After an impressive closing ceremony at the 2016 Rio Olympics, during which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emerged as Super Mario during the proceedings, the 2020 event looked to be truly memorable.
However, after a period of dithering by the organizers, it was eventually decided that the event would be postponed until 2021.
Eurovision Song Contest
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most iconic defining features of Europe. Diverse, fun, and gleefully camp, the contest pits each European nation’s best singers against each other to win the title, trophy, and glory.
But like so many other events, contests, and competitions, the song contest sadly had to cancel its 2020 event.
Due to take place in Rotterdam, the Eurovision Song Contest has also sadly had to cancel its events. With the final due to have taken place on 16th May, it was deemed too risky to hold the event given the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe at the time.
It remains to be seen whether or not the entrants from this year will be able to compete in the 2021 event.
One of the world’s most renowned tennis events, Wimbledon has joined the likes of the French Open and the Miami Open and postponed its 2020 tournament — the first time the event has been canceled since World War II.
However, unlike others on this list, Wimbledon is one of the only events to have pandemic insurance. Following the SARS outbreak of 2003, Wimbledon took out the hefty insurance to cover it against such an eventuality.
As a result, the organizers (the All England Lawn Tennis Club) will receive a payout of a staggering £114 million. While it won’t cover all the lost costs, it goes a significant way to absorb some of the costs.
These are just a few entertainment events that have been affected by COVID-19. Thankfully, many of them have just been postponed, so with a little bit of luck you can expect to enjoy them next year instead.