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Iconic Activities Canceled by COVID-19 in Every State

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Life, Interrupted

So much of our daily lives has been disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic: school, work, leisure, and family life — not to mention the devastating toll it the disease has taken on the health and lives of so many. Here's a look at some of the biggest and most noteworthy disruptions, cancelations, postponements, and closings — from civic to cultural events — that each state has experienced since stay-at-home orders, self-quarantining, and social distancing became mandatory for most of the U.S. in mid-March.

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- Hangout Fest, Gulf Shores’ annual weekend music festival scheduled for May 21-23, is postponed until 2021.
- Some liquor stores operated by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — which sells the majority of alcohol in the state — are temporarily shuttered March 17.
- Hyundai Motor Manufacturing idles production at its Montgomery facility, which produces Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe vehicles. The plant reopens May 4 with a single shift.

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Denali National Park, Alaska


- Gov. Mike Dunleavy on March 28 issues a temporary ban on all intrastate travel except to "support critical infrastructure, or for critical personal needs."
- The awe-inspiring, 6 million-acre Denali National Park and Preserve closes its main Park Road to the public indefinitely. Some park access remains open.
- The 2020 Arctic Winter Games, scheduled for March 15-21 in the neighboring Canadian territory of Yukon and a draw for dozens of Alaskan athletes, is canceled.

Grand Canyon National Park
William J. Clinton Presidential Center


- The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock closes to the public through at least May 31.
- The 17th annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs is postponed until mid-October, with grand marshal Cheech Marin appearing.

Los Angeles Freeway


- Gov. Gavin Newsom signs an executive order May 11 requiring a mail-in ballot be sent to all registered voters for the November general election.
- The Los Angeles freeways are, for a time, nearly empty at rush hour.
- Disneyland closes indefinitely on March 14; other Southern California theme parks follow suit. Major tourist draws statewide, including San Francisco's iconic Fisherman's Wharf (closed until at least May 31), announce shutdowns. State and national parks, including Yosemite, as well as state, county, and city beaches statewide also close.

Colorado Ski Resort


- Gov. Jared Polis orders ski resorts to close temporarily on March 14. The state's nearly 30 ski resorts remain shuttered as the ban is extended through at least May 23.
- A Boulder dispensary becomes the first in the state to offer legal home delivery of medical marijuana in March, prompted in part by the state-mandated shutdown.
- Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the striking outdoor concert venue west of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, cancels or postpones its series of summer concerts.

New Haven Connecticut


- The annual July Fourth fireworks show in Norwalk is snuffed out. Westport, Wilton, and other cities have made similar announcements.
- The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is forced to move its events online.
- Bridgeport's Harbor Yard Amphitheater cancels its summer concert season, with shows not expected to resume until Aug. 15.

Delaware Bay
Walt Disney World Resort


- Gov. Ron DeSantis issues an executive order March 20, closing the state's iconic beaches; the ban is lifted April 17.
- Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld all close indefinitely by mid-March.
- Major League Baseball's early end to spring training season on March 12 includes the dozen teams that play in Florida's Grapefruit League.

Tybee Island
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- Some coastal cities, including Tybee Island, order public beaches closed through mid-April. An executive order from Gov. Brian Kemp on April 6 reverses such decisions, reopening all state beaches to the public.
- The Masters golf tournament scheduled for April 6-12 at Augusta National Golf Club, is postponed until Nov. 12-15.
- The NCAA cancels its annual March Madness tournament, including the Men's Final Four weekend, April 5-8, which was scheduled for Atlanta's Georgia Dome. This was to be the event's 75th anniversary.

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Craters of the Moon National Monument
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Chicago houses
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- Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues a shelter-in-place order that takes effect March 21. A revised order May 1 is issued, allowing religious services and gatherings of up to 10 persons, which had heretofore been banned.
- Chicago's iconic Memorial Day Parade is canceled.
- The 15th annual Pitchfork Music Festival,  scheduled for mid-July in Chicago, is postponed until 2021.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Cedar Rapids Iowa


- Gov. Kim Reynolds signs an order temporarily allowing bars and restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks to go.
- Tyson Foods closes its Columbus Junction meat processing plant April 6 after more than 12 dozen workers fall ill. The facility reopens April 22.
- The Des Moines Symphony cancels its season through June 14.

Kansas church


- Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order limiting religious gatherings to groups of no more than 10 persons is challenged by the state legislature and in federal court. A resolution of sorts is agreed upon May 4.
- The state in April defers expiration dates for occupational and professional licenses, as well as registration fees and penalties, for the duration of the pandemic.
- The 25th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, an interfaith celebration of music, art, and film, postpones its original April date.

Churchill Downs Racetrack


- On April 2, Gov. Andy Beshear issues an executive order temporarily restricting out-of-state residents from traveling to the state except for "specific circumstances."
- The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Louisville's iconic Churchill Downs racetrack, held on the first Saturday of May for the past 75 years, is postponed until Sept. 5.
- The 25th annual Festival of Faiths in Louisville, an interfaith celebration of music, art, and film, postpones its original April date.
- Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, now in its 18th year, cancels its 2020 event scheduled for July.

New Orleans
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- Gov. John Bel Edwards issues an order delaying the state's primary election from June 20 to July 11, and the general election from July 25 to Aug. 15.
- New Orleans' 50-year-old Jazz & Heritage Festival, better known as Jazz Fest, is first postponed, then canceled outright for the year.

Ogunquit Playhouse


- An executive order issued by Gov. Janet Mills requires all out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for a period of two weeks. Penalties for violating the order include a $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail.
- The state's primary elections are delayed from June 9 to July 14, although in-person voting is still planned.
- The iconic Ogunquit Playhouse, last of the New England great summer stock theaters, cancels its summer season for the first time since World War II.

Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University


- The state's primary elections, originally set for April 28, are postponed until June 2. Most people will vote by mail, as in-person voting will be limited.
- Maryland state courts are closed until June 5.
- Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center becomes daily required readings for millions of Americans.
- The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra cancels all events through June 14. Musicians stage virtual performances instead.

Boston Marathon


- The Boston Marathon, first run in 1897, is postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. Despite two world wars and a bomb attack in 2013, the event has never been canceled.
- Although the state allows parks and beaches to remain open, it imposes a temporary ban on beach parking areas in order to limit the number of persons recreating.
- Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is canceled.

General Motors Headquarters in Detroit


- Preliminary coronavirus-related state restrictions are expanded in April to include garden centers and flooring stores, causing confusion at big-box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's and protests in the capital of Lansing, causing massive traffic jams.
- The Motor City falls quiet as major automakers (and the industries that supply them) temporarily halt production in late March. Non-automotive manufacturing resumes May 7, and automakers say they will resume production May 18.
- The 61st annual Ann Arbor Art Fair, a collection of four festivals in one, cancels its 2020 events.

Duluth Minnesota
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- Stay-at-home orders first issued under Gov. Tim Walz at the end of March are extended through the middle of May. Anyone wanting to pay homage to Mary Tyler Moore on Minneapolis' iconic Nicolette pedestrian mall — or any other public space — must continue to observe social distancing guidelines of face a fine of up to $1,000, making hat-twirling a challenge.
- The 44th annual Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, one of Minnesota's best-known athletic events, is canceled for the first time.
- The annual Irish Fair of Minnesota, held in August on Harris Island in the Twin Cities, is postponed until 2021.

Gulf Islands National Seashore
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- Much of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is closed to visitors on March 17. Portions of the park return to operation
- Restaurants, movie theaters, salons, and other social spaces close April 3 on Gov. Tate Reeves' orders. If you want to hold a public gathering, your guest list cannot include more than 20 persons. Reeves extends his "safer-at-home" order to May 25, but relaxes rules on businesses reopening.

Gateway Arch


- Popular amusement parks in the state, including Six Flags Over St. Louis, Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, and Silver Dollar City in the Ozarks, delay their seasonal openings indefinitely.
- The breathtaking Gateway Arch National Park, which rises 630 feet over the Mississippi River on the St. Louis waterfront, closes to visitors in March.
- Fair St. Louis, held for the past 40 years each July Fourth weekend, and the much older 138th annual America’s Birthday parade both are canceled.

Whitefish, Montana


- Major ski resorts in the state, including Big Sky Mountain, Red Lodge Mountain, and Whitefish Mountain, close to the public in mid-March. Big Sky announces it will reopen May 22.
- The Crow Indian Reservation imposes a 10 p.m. curfew on tribal lands in March and imposes a general shelter-in-place order. Tribal leaders extend regulations until May 14.

Omaha Nebraska
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- Tyson Foods pork and beef plants in Madison and Dakota City, respectively, and Cargill beef plant in Schuyler announce temporary shutdowns in early May for a deep clean.
- The NCAA cancels the 2020 College World Series, held every June in Omaha since 1950.
- State election officials announce that the May 12 primary election will proceed with in-person voting (as well as early voting via mail-in ballot), the first such election since Wisconsin's controversial primary election on April 7.

Las Vegas


- The iconic casinos of Las Vegas — and throughout the state — go dark after Gov. Steve Sisolak orders all nonessential businesses to close temporarily on March 17. It will be at least Memorial Day before they begin to reopen.
- Recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries are deemed "essential businesses" and allowed to operate on a curbside-pickup-only basis. Stores are allowed to resume in-store sales May 7, provided they receive state approval.
- Gambling isn’t the only thing that shuts down in Las Vegas. Numerous musical residencies at casinos and showplaces, including those by Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson.

Waterville Valley Resort New Hampshire
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New Hampshire

- State officials loosen rules for voting via absentee ballot in the September primary and November general elections, allowing all voters the option. Plans for in-person voting remain in place.
- Ski resorts across New England, including New Hampshire's Loon Mountain, end their seasons prematurely, and state beaches are closed temporarily in mid-March.

PATH Station in Jersey City, New Jersey

New Jersey

- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey orders PATH train service — New Jersey's subway link with New York City — to operate on a reduced service schedule beginning March 29 as ridership plummets. Two PATH stations in Manhattan close overnight, while each train's front and rear cars are closed to passengers.
- As in many states, Gov. Phil Murphy orders the temporary closure of businesses deemed nonessential, including Atlantic City casinos, all gyms and salons, as well as racetracks and indoor shopping malls. Medical marijuana dispensaries are not included in the order.
- Beaches up and down the Jersey Shore announce they will begin reopening in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

New Mexico

- On May 1, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham orders all roads in and out of Gallup be closed and a lockdown imposed on residents in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak. The order expired May 10.
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, as well as more than two dozen other national parks, monuments, and historic sites in New Mexico close indefinitely by March 22.

New York Broadway
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New York

- The New York City subway system, the only 24/7 public transit system in the U.S., announces it will shut down from 1 to 5 a.m. for cleaning as of May 6, the first time such a service disruption has occurred.
- Banging on pots and pans, clapping, whooping, shouting, whistling, and any other means of making a joyful noise becomes a nightly 7 p.m. ritual in New York City — and many other cities and towns — as an expression of thanks to the city's emergency and essential personnel.
- All theaters on Broadway close indefinitely on March 12.

North Carolina: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

North Carolina

- Great Smoky Mountains National Park closes to visitors on March 24, as do several state parks. The national park announces a phased reopening will begin May 9.
- NASCAR officials announced that the Coca-Cola 600 will be held as scheduled Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway — without spectators.
- The Carolina Beach Music Festival, held annually for 35 years, is canceled, as are most other events scheduled for May and June in this coastal town south of Wilmington.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

North Dakota

- Gov. Doug Burgum was one of the few not to issue a shelter-in-place order for state residents. His order closing nonessential businesses was lifted at the end of April.
- Unlike others in the National Park System, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park reopens to visitors May 9.

Cedar Point


- Gov. Mike DeWine signs an order on April 7 allowing restaurants to sell booze to go.
- Plans for the 150th anniversary of iconic amusement park Cedar Point, the "roller coaster capital of the world," are pushed to 2021 and the park's 2020 season is suspended indefinitely.
- The Gathering of the Juggalos, an annual musical bacchanalia founded by Insane Clown Posse that somehow has persisted for 20 years, is canceled. The band promises to return "stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Whoop whoop!"

Oklahoma City


- Events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing are canceled or, like the annual reading of victims' names, pre-recorded instead. The city's Memorial Marathon is postponed until October.
- At the end of March, Gov. Kevin Stitt issues an executive order requiring travelers from California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Washington to self-quarantine upon arrival in the Sooner State.

Arco Gas Station


- The state, one of only two that make it illegal to pump your own gasoline, decrees that motorists must (temporarily) pump their own gas. The decision, imposed March 28, is extended through at least May 9.
- The state imposes a temporary ban on elective and non-urgent medical procedures on March 23. The ban is lifted at the beginning of May, but medical providers must meet new safety requirements.
- The 43rd annual Portland International Film Festival comes to a premature close on March 12, three days before its scheduled conclusion.

Pennsylvania Turnpike
Newport Rhode Island beach

Rhode Island

- On April 3, state parks and beaches were closed per a governor's order. Some parks reopened on May 9, and others are expected to follow later this month unless circumstances change.
- Gov. Gina Raimondo declares April 29 that large public events, including parades, festivals, and live music events will not be allowed over the summer. The Newport Jazz Festival, a summertime staple since 1954, suspends its 2020 event.

Boeing Co.

South Carolina

- Two of the state's most visible industries, automaking and aviation, grind to a halt as Boeing Co., as well as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo suspend output through mid-May.
- As spring break revelries near their peak, Gov. Henry McMaster orders the state's public beaches closed on March 30. By the end of April, most are open again.

Mount Rushmore

South Dakota

- Smithfield Foods closes its Sioux Falls meat processing plant, one of the largest in the country, on April 12. The plant reopened May 7.
- While many of the state's most visited national and state park roads remain open, facilities, services, and visitors centers, and tours are closed. These include major tourist attractions such as Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave national parks, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Custer State Park.
- The South Dakota Oglala and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes create checkpoints on state and federal highways to try to protect the health of their reservations. Gov. Kristi Noem orders them removed and threatens court action if tribes don't comply.

Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee


- The annual four-day Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, typically held in mid-June, is postponed until Sept. 24-27.
- Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, original home to the Grand Ole Opry, falls silent. All operations cease until at least June 6.

Austin South by Southwest sign
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- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest of its kind in the U.S., is canceled March 11, days after it opens.
- Dallas-based Neimann-Marcus files for bankruptcy May 7.
- After dozens of major sponsors pull out, Austin Mayor Steve Adler says March 6 that the 34th annual South by Southwest festival will not occur in 2020.

Zion National Park, Utah
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- The National Basketball Association suspends its 2019-20 season on March 12 after Utah Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell test positive for the coronavirus.
- Events at all state parks are canceled in late March, although parks remain open to visitors. National parks and monuments such as Zion National Park still are closed, however.

Vermont Ski Resort


- Operations at the state's ski resorts come to an early end for the season on March 15.
- The Vermont Symphony Orchestra, like many other cultural institutions in the state, says it will suspend its concert schedule indefinitely.

Alexandria Union Station at sunset in Virginia


- Gov. Ralph Northam orders the state's primary election delayed from June 9 to June 23, and local elections scheduled for the first week of May are pushed back to May 19.
- Commuters in the Washington, D.C, metro area have fewer options to get around via public transit as officials close more than a dozen Metrorail stations and curtail service hours.
- The 8th annual Lockin’ Music Fest, held at Infinity Downs Farm in rural Arrington, is postponed until October.

Pike Place Market


- Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market, a magnet for tourists and locals alike, is for a time nearly empty. Sur La Table, the upscale cookware company that first opened 48 years ago in the marketplace, announces it will file for bankruptcy.
- Taste Washington, the largest regional food and wine festival of its kind in the U.S. and an important annual event for the state's wine industry, is canceled.
- Although not subject to Gov. Jay Inslee’s executive orders, several Native American tribes in Washington, including the Yakama Nation and Kalispel Tribe of Indians announce in early April that they will close their casinos temporarily.

U.S. Supreme Court
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Washington, D.C.

- The United States Congress suspends its session as of March 13. The Senate returns to work on May 4, but the House of Representatives has yet to reconvene.
- The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments remotely for the first time in its history and broadcasts the session live. At least one of the justices forgets to mute their mic and a toilet flush can be heard at one point.
- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts extends its performance shutdown through at least Aug. 9, including the entire 14-week engagement of "Hamilton," which had been set to open in June.

Babcock State Park, West Virginia
Devil's Lake State Park in Wisconsin


- A legal battle erupts over Gov. Tony Edwards' decision to halt in-person voting in the state's April 7 Democratic and Republican primaries.
- Outdoors enthusiasts lose access temporarily to 40 state parks, following an April 9 executive order. The majority of them reopen May 1.
- Summerfest, a season-long series of musical concerts that was to include Dave Matthews Band and Justin Bieber, is postponed until September.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


- Tourism, one of Wyoming's two biggest economy drivers, takes a hit in late March when camping facilities in state parks are closed and Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are closed until further notice.
- In a further hit to the state's outdoor recreation and tourism economy boosters, the state mandated that out-of-state visitors self-quarantine for two weeks (a rule that was lifted on May 8), and the state temporarily suspended sales of certain fishing licenses for nonresident visitors.