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Event cancellations and postponements grow in San Francisco amid COVID-19 concerns

Event cancellations and postponements grow in San Francisco amid COVID-19 concerns
Canceled events within the SF AIDS Foundation. (Source: Strut)
By Saul Sugarman - Published on March 13, 2020.

Many San Francisco venues and organizers are halting large and small gatherings this month in an effort to stymie the spread of COVID-19, and to comply with recommendations from health department officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said late Wednesday all large public events should be canceled until at least the end of March.

At Hoodline, we’ve rounded up many key events and will continue to add to this list. 

  • There will be no Warriors or Giants games in the wake of the ban. The Giants canceled their annual exhibition game against the Oakland A’s for March 24th, and the MLB suspended spring training. The NBA fully suspended its 2019-2020 season.
  • The 150th anniversary celebration of Golden Gate Park set for April 4th has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.
  • The March 14th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced.
  • The California Academy of Sciences and Exploratorium are both closed to the public for the rest of March.
  • Many San Francisco stage productions have been canceled or postponed. BroadwaySF’s Hamilton and The Last Ship are canceled through March 31st, with ticket holders receiving refunds so long as they made their purchases directly with the company.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been suspended through March 31st, with ticket holders offered an opportunity to exchange their current dates for later ones.
  • All shows at the Bill Graham Civic Center and other acts organized by Another Planet Entertainment have been postponed through March. This includes events at the Chase Center and The Independent in San Francisco and the Fox Theater and New Parish in Oakland.
  • The San Francisco Ballet canceled its performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from March 7th through March 15th. However, “Unprecedented circumstances pose severe financial repercussions for our community and SF Ballet,” the organization noted on its website, saying that all other activities not scheduled at the War Memorial Opera House will proceed as planned.
  • Five concerts through March 22nd have been canceled with the San Francisco Symphony. The symphony will offer refunds but suggests customers consider donating the ticket cost or exchanging the value for a gift certificate.
  • The latest from Castro Theatre is that shows will continue as planned, but “we will cap attendance to ensure no film or event attendance approaches the mandated 1000 person limit for SF public assembly.” However, Peaches Christ’s “Drag Becomes Her” on March 14th at Castro Theatre has been postponed.
  • A large swath of LGBTQ events have been postponed or canceled, including the Lesbians Who Tech & Allies Summit, Burning Man camp Glamcocks’ upcoming party and also Comfort and Joy’s, the Sneaks party at Club 6, and events hosted at Strut.
  • The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus canceled its Davies Symphony Hall performance on March 26th and also one on March 28th at Palo Alto High School. All choir meetings and rehearsals have also been canceled for March.

SFDPH recommends the following to protect yourself and others:

  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow;
  • Stay home if you are sick;
  • Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms similar to novel coronavirus;
  • Instead of shaking hands, try other ways of greeting like elbow bumps or waves;
  • Get more information if you are traveling.

Stay up to date with the most recent information by visiting the SFDPH and SF emergency preparedness websites.