Regional cancellations and postponements announced

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Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered the cancellation of public gatherings of 250 people or more in Riverside County as a means of slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Thursday, March 12

Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District is postponing all public gatherings of 250 people, or more, at all its facilities as a means of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Also postponed will be smaller events, sports, classes and meetings (per California Department of Public Health). All current and upcoming sport leagues, instructional classes and meetings are postponed until further notice, Valley-Wide said in an email to Valley News Thursday, March 12.

Pechanga Resort Casino has announced the postponement of three upcoming shows, including this weekend’s concerts by Ana Gabriel (March 13), Pitbull (March 15), and Chicago (March 15).

“We continue to very closely monitor developments around COVID-19 to take necessary precautionary measures and will make adjustments as warranted,” the casino said.

Any guests who purchased tickets to these shows online will receive an email from Ticketmaster and they may opt to receive a refund in that manner. If they purchased them in person or via phone through Pechanga Resort Casino, guests may also receive a refund. Tickets will also be honored if new dates for any of the shows can be determined.

Officials at the Los Angeles Zoo announced the zoo will close to the public, effective Friday, March 13, through March 31. Zoo employees will continue to report to work as normal, in order to care for the animals and the facility.

A zoo official notes that at this time, there’s no indication that the coronavirus is of immediate concern to any of the zoo animals.

Anaheim officials announced Thursday that Gatherings at the Anaheim Convention Center have been postponed through the end of the month to comply with a state directive to cancel events with 250 or more people during the coronavirus outbreak.

In Arcadia, while races will still take place with “the personnel necessary to ensure the safety of the horses and integrity of the sport, Santa Anita Park closed to the public, including for simulcast wagering and morning workouts. Santa Anita’s Clocker’s Corner and Tram Tours are also closed.

Performances of the hit musical “Hamilton” at the Pantages Theatre Hollywood have now been suspended through March 31. The musical’s opening night was scheduled for tonight.

In San Diego, San Diego State University announced Thursday morning it was suspending all spring sports due to its concerns over coronavirus. The suspension includes all games, practices and other team activities scheduled for this weekend. The Mountain West Conference will suspend spring sports, as well.

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation’s annual ShamROCK Irish Music Festival scheduled for this weekend has been canceled.

Also on the regional front, the PAC12 canceled both its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The men’s tournament had been scheduled to begin Thursday, March 12, at Honda Center with four quarterfinal games, which were to be played without spectators. The women’s tournament had been scheduled to resume Friday at Honda Center with two semifinal games.

An array of Southland theaters have announced cancellations of performances due to coronavirus fears including the Center Theatre Group’s performances of “The Book of Mormon,” “The Antipodes” and Block Party at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. The Music Center has canceled all performances at the Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall, including the REDCAT theater. With the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion closing, LA Opera has canceled Saturday’s performance of “Roberto Devereux,” and the Pasadena Conservatory of Music has canceled all performances through April 5.

Both the Los Angeles County Air Show, which was scheduled for March 21-22, and March Air Field Air & Space Expo scheduled for March 28 and 29 have been canceled.

On Tuesday, March 10, organizers of the Coachella and Stagecoach Music festivals announced the postponement of the popular festivals until October.

“At the direction of the county of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” a statement released by Goldenvoice, the events’ promoter, said. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously.”

According to Goldenvoice, Coachella was rescheduled for Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18, while Stagecoach will be held Oct. 23-25, both at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. All ticket purchases for the April dates will be honored in October, organizers said.

Valley News recommends that anyone planning on attending any event checks with event organizers to ensure the event will still be held.

Kim Harris can be reached at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.

City News Service contributed to this report.