Industry News: Petition for a COVID-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry, Miami Beach Pride Postpones Its Annual Event, DC's National Cherry Blossom Festival Canceled, and More

NATIONAL: Event and meeting professionals are coming together to sign the COVID-19 Federal Aid Package for Events Industry petition, citing a "need of an aid package to support us in order to survive and recover the pandemic and economic catastrophe."

ATLANTA: SweetWater Brewing Company's annual SweetWater 420 Fest has been postponed to April 2021. The event was originally scheduled to take place on April 24-26.

The High Museum of Art's annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has been canceled over coronavirus concerns. The event was set to take place March 18-21.

WordPress's WordCamp Atlanta 2020 conference, which was set to take place from April 18-19, has been canceled and postponed to 2021. 

LAS VEGAS: MGM Resorts International has announced it will temporarily suspend operations at its Las Vegas properties, starting today with its casinos. All hotels will close starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17.

LOS ANGELES: On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom called for the closing of all bars and lounges, and reduced capacity for restaurants, throughout the state due to COVID-19 concerns.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Miami Beach Pride has made the decision to postpone its annual event to a date yet to be set. The organization's smaller, outdoor event set for March 30 will go on as scheduled.  

NEW YORK: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced late last night that he will be signing an executive order to limit restaurants, bars, and cafés to allow take-out and delivery orders only starting on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 a.m. In addition, theaters, concert venues, and nightclubs will close completely with a reopening date to be determined.

The opening of the interactive art exhibit, Immersed in Wonderland, by Alexa Meade, has been postponed. Rescheduled dates have yet to be announced.

Apartment Therapy has rescheduled its Small/Cool Experience to June 13-14, in response to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak and guidance from local authorities. The event was originally slated for April 4-5.

The 31st annual Glaad Media Awards have been canceled due to Governor Andrew Cuomo declaring a state of emergency.

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google's Cloud Next '20 event, which was originally scheduled for April 6-8 at the Moscone Center, has been canceled and will take place as a virtual event. Dubbed "Google Cloud Next '20: Digital Connect," the reimagined event will offer streamed keynotes, breakout sessions, interactive learning, and digital “ask an expert” sessions with Google teams.

VANCOUVER: The annual TED Conference, scheduled to take place from April 20–24, has been postponed. The event will either be held virtually or moved to a later date in July.

WASHINGTON: Several of the National Cherry Blossom Festival events have been canceled or postponed through March 31 due to COVID-19 concerns. The festival was slated to kick off March 20 and run through April 14.

The Washington Ballet has moved its production of Swan Lake—which was originally set to take the stage from April 9-19—to June 13-21. The production will remain at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater.

The DC Brewers' Guild's sixth annual HopFest has been postponed to a later date that has yet to be set. 

With contributions from Ashton Pike and Wellsley Kesel in Atlanta; Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles; and Beth Kormanik and Michele Laufik in New York.

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