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What has been cancelled, suspended or postponed due to the coronavirus

Last Updated Apr 16, 2020 at 9:31 am EDT

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Several events around the world have been cancelled and sports leagues have begun to suspend their seasons amid concerns over the spread coronavirus.

Here is a list of some of the top events, attractions and more in Canada and across the world that has been cancelled or closed due to COVID-19:

Toronto and the GTA

  • Toronto will close public buildings including libraries, recreation centres and swimming pools as well as cancelling March break camps.
  • Animal Services has changed its hours to seven days a week, from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Mississauga has closed all recreation, library and cultural facilities till at least April 5, starting on Saturday. March break programming has also been cancelled.
  • Markham has closed all recreation centres and libraries. March break camps have also been cancelled.’
  • Oakville has closed all recreation centres and libraries. March break programming has also been cancelled
  • Richmond Hill has closed all recreation centres and libraries. March break programming has also been cancelled, Main municipal offices will also be closed.
  • St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled.
  • Collision 2020 tech conference has been cancelled, to be held online.
  • Shopify Unite conference has been cancelled.
  • Pearl Jam concert has been cancelled.
  • Sugar Shack TO has been cancelled.
  • National Home Show – the Big One has been cancelled.
  • Canada Blooms has been cancelled.
  • The Green Living Show has been cancelled.
  • The One Of A Kind Spring Show has been postponed to June 18 to 21.
  • CN Tower shutting down operations until April 14.
  • Educational programming at Downsview Park has been cancelled but the outdoor park will remain open.
  • Stratford Festival has cancelled performances from April 11 to May 2.
  • All events at Roy Thomson Hall have been cancelled for the next two weeks.
  • Toronto Comicon has been cancelled.
  • Cirque du Soleil has cancelled performances in St. Catharines and Ottawa.
  • Hockey Hall of Fame closed until April 6
  • Archdiocese of Toronto says Catholic parishes are cancelling mass this weekend. They will reevaluate next week.
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario will be closed until April 5.
  • The Royal Ontario Museum will also be closing as of March 13 until April 5.
  • Casa Loma has closed tour operations. Privately booked events and the restaurant inside will not be closed.
  • Hot Docs festival has been postponed. It was set to run from April 30 to May 10.
  • Royal Botanical Gardens are closed until April 6.
  • Ontario Science Centre is closed until further notice.
  • Ottawa Convention Centre (Shaw Centre) is closed until further notice.
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre is closed until further notice.
  • Science North is closed until further notice.
  • The Toronto Zoo is closed between March 14 and April 5. Full refunds will be issued for camps and corporate events.
  • The St. Lawrence Market is postponing the new hours of operation pilot. The market continues to be open to the public for the current hours of operation.
  • Fallsview Casino Resort paused entertainment at the casino on March 13. All tickets for the original performances will be honoured. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets until new dates are announced. Those not able to attend the new show dates are eligible for refunds at point of purchase.
  • The TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto will be closing for a month starting March 14 at 5 p.m. All events and programming at the theatre and film centre have been cancelled in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack will be closed to the general public for a minimum of two weeks starting on March 15. The company said they do not operate the casinos at those properties.
  • The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation announced on March 15 that all Ontario casinos would be closed. They did not say when they would be opening again.
  • The Government of Ontario announced on March 15 that the Provincial Offences Act courtrooms in Toronto will be closed from March 16 to April 3. “Matters will be adjourned without the individual being present and rescheduled to a later date, as per an order by Chief Justice of Ontario,” the government said.
  • York Regional Police say they have closed their facilities to the public. Emergency response will continue and you can still submit a background check online.
  • Ontario provincial parks will be closed to the public from March 19, 2020 until April 30, 2020. This includes car camping, backcountry camping, roofed accommodations, day use opportunities and all public buildings. Current visitors to provincial parks will be required to vacate by March 19, 2020. Any person or group with a reservation for arrival up to April 30, 2020 will automatically be provided a full refund with no penalty.
  • Mississauga’s Carrasauga Festival has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is cancelling all it’s April performances
  • The University of Toronto has cancelled all convocation ceremonies scheduled for June.
  •  Numerous spring and summer concerts have been cancelled. Here’s what you need to know about the cancelling and rescheduling of concerts through Ticketmaster.

 

Canada

  • Parliament has been suspended for at least five weeks.
  • Junos Awards and Juno week activities have been cancelled in Saskatoon.
  • First Minister’s meeting has been cancelled, to be held over the phone.
  • Canadian Screen Awards week has been cancelled.
  • The Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops are cancelling all Saturday and Sunday masses until further notice.
  • Libraries, arenas and swimming pools will be closing in Montreal.
  • Universities in Alberta called off classes for Friday but said they would re-evaluate on Monday.
  • Mosques across the country cancelled Friday prayers, though some in Vancouver and Montreal opted to limit the size of gatherings to fewer than 250 people.
  • All national museums across Canada will be closed until further notice.
  • City of Ottawa has closed swimming pools, libraries and other city facilities.
  • Manitoba is closing all schools for three weeks.
  • Urban Outfitters says it’s temporarily closing its brick-and-mortar stores, including those in Canada.
  • Apple is temporarily closing all stores outside of China for two weeks while leaving its online store open.
  • Ontario Parks has cancelled all events until further notice. All public Ontario Parks buildings, such as visitor centres, will be closed as well.
  • Via Rail has announced a reduction to some of its services starting March 17.
  • Starbucks Canada said on March 15 they are closing company-owned stores in “high social gathering areas” such as malls and school campuses for at least two weeks due to coronavirus concerns. Other select locations will be open, but with reduced hours and “to go” service only.
  • Gym chain Goodlife Fitness said on March 15 they are closing all of their Goodlife and Fit4Less clubs across the country.
  • McDonald’s joined Tim Hortons in reducing service at their restaurants. “To go,” drive-thru and delivery only at some of their stores.

 

Schools, colleges and universities

  • Publicly funded schools in Ontario will remain closed for two weeks after March break and resume April 6.
  • All licensed child care centres will be closed until April 5 in the city of Toronto.
  • TDSB sites and schools with be closed from March 14 to April 5, including eLearning classes, EarlyON child and family centres, continuing education and night school courses and school-based and other public meetings.
  • Peel District School Board says they are also cancelling full-day child care programs, before- and after-school programs, including March Break camps, are also not operating. Early On/Child & Family Learning Centres (CFLC) programs will be closed.
  • Western University has cancelled all classes from March 13 through to March 17. Starting March 18, classes will be held online through to the end of the term.
  • Ontario Tech University has cancelled classes effective March 13 and is looking into online instruction. However, the university remains open.
  • Classes will be cancelled at the Durham College in Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the Pickering Learning Site on March 13 and March 16.
  • McMaster University in-person classes are cancelled. Events at the University were cancelled as of March 12.
  • York University is moving to online classes as of March 16.
  • University of Toronto has cancelled classes as of the end of day March 14.
  • Ryerson University has cancelled classes effective March 13 and will move to them to online formats.
  • Humber College will be closed until April 5th as of March 16. Classes are cancelled from March 16-20 and will be moving remotely after that.
  • Quebec is closing all schools, junior colleges, universities and daycare centres in the province for two weeks beginning Monday
  • Sheridan College is closing classes from March 16 to 20. On March, 22, learning will resume in alternative formats.
  • George Brown College cancelled classes from March 14-22. The college and residences will remain open.

 

Sports

  • The NHL has suspended the 2019-20 season, impacting seven Canadian teams in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
  • Major League Soccer has suspended the season for 30 days, impacting teams in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Montreal was further impacted by the suspension of CONCACAF Champions League.
  • The NBA has suspended its season, impacting defending champions the Toronto Raptors. Raptors players, coaches and staff will go into self-isolation following a game in Utah where a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The MLB cancelled the rest of spring training and has suspended the start of the regular season by at least two weeks, impacting the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • The NLL suspended its 2020 season impacting five teams in Toronto, Saskatoon, Halifax, Vancouver and Calgary.
  • The AHL has suspended the 2019-20 season, impacting teams in Toronto, Belleville, Ont., Winnipeg and Laval, Que.
  • The three Canadian Hockey League major-junior leagues – the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League – have suspended play.
  • The NCAA March Madness tournament has been cancelled.
  • The Masters golf tournament has been postponed.
  • Major League Rugby has suspended its season, impacting a team in Toronto.
  • The Boston Marathon has been rescheduled for Sept. 14.
  • The Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday until at least April 2.
  • The World Women’s Hockey Championship which was to be held from March 31 to April 10 in Halifax and Truro, N.S., has been cancelled.
  • The World Figure Skating Championships to be held from March 16 to 22 in Montreal have been cancelled.
  • The World Women’s Curling Championship to be held from March 14 to 22 in Prince George, B.C., has been cancelled.
  • World Cup Cross-Country Skiing to be held from March 20 22 in Canmore, Alta., have been cancelled.
  • The Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championship to be held from March 25 to April 2 in Vernon, B.C., has been cancelled
  • The Long-track Speedskating Grand Prix to be held on March 14 and 15, and the finale to be held from March 19 to 22 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary have been cancelled.
  • The CFL regional and national combines in Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto have been cancelled.
  • The Arctic Winter Games to be held from March 15 to 21 in Whitehorse have been cancelled.
  • The Alpine Ski NorAm finals to be held from March 17 to 24 and Canadian championship at Panorama Mountain Resort, B.C., have been cancelled.
  • The Toronto Defiant eSports Team Overwatch League Homestand event to be held on April 18 and 19 has been cancelled.
  • Canoe Kayak Canada has made the decision to cancel Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials for the sprint racing discipline scheduled for April 16-19 in Gainesville, Ga.
  • The Toronto Marathon, which was scheduled for May 3, has been cancelled.
  • The French Open has been postponed.
  • The CFL has postponed the start of its 2020 season until the beginning of July.
  • The RBC Canadian Open has been cancelled.

 

Globally

  • Disneyland in California will close on March 14 and remain closed until the end of the month.
  • Disneyworld in Florida will close on March 15 and remain closed until the end of the month.
  • Disneyland in Paris will close on March 15 and remain closed until the end of the month.
  • Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals have been postponed from April to October.
  • SXSW in Austin was cancelled.
  • All Broadway plays and musicals in New York have been cancelled until further notice.
  • Live Nation Entertainment and AEG Presents, the world’s largest live-entertainment companies, have suspended all current music tours through March, including those of Billie Eilish, the Strokes and Post Malone.
  • CinemaCon in Las Vegas has been cancelled.
  • Vail Resorts, which operates Whistler Blackcomb, is suspending operations in North America from March 15 to 22. The company says it will be closing its corporate offices, apart from essential personnel and asking other employees to work from home.
  • Some casinos and shows in Las Vegas have closed up shop

 

Retail stores and banks

  • Cadillac Fairview announced on March 14 that they reducing hours at their retail properties. Effective March 16, mall operating hours will be 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day. The company said these measures will be in effect for two weeks.
  • Square One in Mississauga has announced that they have offered retailers the option to reduce their hours of operation starting Mach 16 for an initial period of two weeks. While the mall will remain open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., stores have the option to reduce their operating hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mall hours will be updated on an ongoing basis.

 

The following retailers have closed their stores temporarily:

  • Apple
  • Hudson’s Bay has closed its stores for at least two weeks.
  • Nordstrom Canada is closing all their stores for two weeks.
  • Lululemon
  • Nike
  • H&M
  • Uniqlo
  • Dynamite
  • Abercrombie
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Aritizia
  • Bath and Body Works
  • The Body Shop
  • Saje Wellnes
  • Foot Locker
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Brown Shoes
  • Hot Topic
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Indigo

Banks

  • TD Canada Trust is closing several branches and those that remain open will have reduced hours. Click here for branch details: TD branch locator
  • Rogers Bank is reducing call centre hours. They will now be open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Scotiabank branches are open with reduced hours. Click here for branch details: Scotiabank branch locator

 

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