Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Coronavirus sees cancellation of major events and closure of attractions in China

Coronavirus sees cancellation of major events and closure of attractions in China
January 24, 2020

As the Wuhan Coronavirus (known for now as 2019-nCoV) continues to spread across China and beyond, major events have been cancelled and attractions closed. This comes in a week when millions of Chinese are travelling for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

There are now nearly 650 cases of 2019-nCoV virus reported globally with 18 confirmed deaths, all except one fatality within Hubei, the province around Wuhan, China.

Trains and airports in Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak are now shutdown along with the halting of ferry, subway and bus services.

Shopping malls, restaurants and other public spaces in Wuhan, a city of 11 million are quiet.

China's state news agency Xinhua advised that tourist attractions and hotels in Wuhan had been told to suspend large-scale activities while libraries, museums and theatres were cancelling exhibitions and performances.

A Lunar New Year prayer-giving ceremony at the city's Guiyuan Temple, which attracted 700,000 people last year, has also been cancelled.

Chinese authorities have announced that effective from today (Friday 24th January) the cities of Huanggang, a city of about 7 million people, and Ezhou will be experiencing lockdown measures in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

In Huanggang, theatres, internet cafes and other entertainment centres have been ordered to close.

In the capital, Beijing, officials have cancelled major events indefinitely, including traditional temple fairs that underpin the holiday celebrations.

The Forbidden City, the palace complex in Beijing that is now a museum, announced it will close indefinitely from tomorrow (Saturday 25th January).

Following a day of discussions in Geneva, the World Health Organization's (WHO) emergency committee has announced it will not yet declare a "global emergency" over the new virus.

China is aiming to lock down multiple cities with a combined population of more than 18 million.

Image: Wuhan, the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, has a population of more than 11 million. Wikipedia commons

About the author

Karen Sweaney

Editor, Australasian Leisure Management

Artist, geoscientist and specialist writer on the leisure industry, Karen Sweaney is Editor of Australasian Leisure Management. Based in Sydney, Australia, her specific areas of interest include the arts, entertainment, the environment, fitness, tourism and wellness.

She has degrees in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and Geological Oceanography from UNSW.

Read more from this author

Related Articles

24th July 2019 - World Health Organization promotes physical activity action plan at National Sports Convention

6th June 2019 - China named 2023 AFC Asian Cup hosts

15th February 2019 - Fitness Australia to join World Health Organization dialogue on global action plan for Physical Activity

5th September 2018 - World Health Organization advises that lack of exercise puts one in four people at risk

22nd August 2018 - Google Fit update incorporates World Health Organization activity goals

17th December 2017 - Complacency surrounding Asian drowning epidemic also impacts Australia

2nd October 2017 - Chinese tourists changing their spending patterns

2nd February 2016 - Anti-Zika virus measures backed by IOC as outbreak declared global health emergency

5th September 2015 - More than 50 theme parks under development in China

20th October 2014 - Facing up to the threat of Africa’s Ebola virus

24th August 2012 - Obesity produces diabetes epidemic in India

4th August 2009 - Young Matildas Pelted with Bottles in Wuhan

17th April 2008 - Exhibition shows growth potential in Chinese fitness sector


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

ELITE POOL COVERS

Since 1989 Elite Pool Covers have designed and manufactured an extensive range of high quality affordable manual,semi-automatic and fully-automatic pool cover systems for the harsh Australian…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Technology / Venues

 
 

VLOCKER

Vlocker Pty Ltd has been designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing locker systems worldwide since 1995. Vlocker specialises in providing locker solutions to suit client requirements in…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Safety / Security / Venues

 
 

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

Hadley/Series Australia Pty Ltd

Hadley Australia and Series Australia Pty Ltd are the leading quality theatre chair manufacturers in the southern hemisphere. The businesses work closely with architects, interior designers and…

read more

Arts / Culture / Design / Entertainment / Venues

 
 

QUAYCLEAN

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

TJS Services

TJS Services is a leading national facility services provider. We deliver quality cleaning, maintenance, construction and facility management services to over 1,500 sites Australia wide.  Our…

read more

Hospitality / Retail / Venues

 
 

SLE WORLDWIDE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

SLE Worldwide Australia is a Managing General Underwriter specialising in insuring risks in the world of Sports, Leisure and Entertainment. Be it relaxing, playing, organising or watching sports,…

read more

Insurance / Venues

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business