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The entertainment industry continues to take the biggest hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Festivals and concerts nationwide have been either canceled or postponed due to the growing safety concerns with coronavirus spreading.

After SXSW was canceled, many other festivals began to follow suit. Coachella announced their postponement days after. Their website reads: “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.”

Besides major festivals postponing and canceling their events, big artists have also backed out of going on tours. On Thursday, AEG Presents and Live Nation Entertainment decided to suspend all touring engagements in North America. Both companies plan to suspend all tours for the month of March and reevaluate for April.

Big musical acts including Billie Eilish, Pearl Jam, Celine Dion, and Rage Against the Machine are amongst many who have either canceled or postponed their tours.

Here in Metro Detroit, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Friday that gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited under executive order. Concert venues in the area have been battling with cancelations and postponements. The executive order is expected to lift on April 5.

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Kristin Orr
Kristin is the Arts and Entertainment Editor here at The Michigan Journal. She'll be graduating in April with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Screen Studies. During her free time she likes to watch movies, listen to music, attend concerts, and write. Check out her social media: