Police officers and troops are seen wearing face masks as they stand guard at a checkpoint in the outskirts of Metro Manila, Philippines, on March 15, as authorities began implementing a lockdown in Manila.
A health worker wears a protective mask and suit as he screens car passengers, as border restrictions take effect on the Polish-Czech border in Chałupki, Poland, on March 15.
People wearing face masks are seen near the Venezuelan-Colombia border after the Colombian government decided to close the Simón Bolívar International Bridge as a preventive measure, in San Antonio del Táchira, Venezuela, on March 14.
A woman has her body temperature checked at an outpatient hospital in Moscow, Russia, on March 14.
A student demonstrates how to wash hands during an awareness campaign about COVID-19 at a school in Chennai, India, on March 14.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus at the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 14.
A man wears a mask while sitting on a bus in London, England, on March 14.
A girl leans out of a window to applaud in Milan, Italy, on March 14, as a sign of solidarity in response to calls circulating on social media for people to ”gather” on their balconies at certain hours, either to play music or to give each other a round of applause.
A health worker dressed in a protective suit prepares to disinfect the residence where Kenya’s first confirmed coronavirus patient was staying, in the town of Rongai near Nairobi, Kenya, on March 14.
A pharmacist fixes a banner in Catalan, which reads “No masks, no alcohol, no clear hand gel” in a pharmacy in Barcelona, Spain, on March 14.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question during his press conference at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo, Japan, on March 14. Prime Minister Abe said the coronavirus outbreak in his country has not reached a point that requires him to declare a national emergency like the U.S. and Europe.
A sign indicates that the National Gallery of Art has been closed to the public due to the coronavirus threat in Washington D.C., U.S., on March 14.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech at his Jerusalem office regarding the new measures that will be taken to fight the coronavirus, on March 14.
A video displays a message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that reads “Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands” on the Gallery Place Metro subway train platform in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 13.
Firefighters disinfect a street in western Tehran, Iran, on March 13.
The Eiffel Tower is seen next to a board that reads: “In the context of the COVID-19 the Eiffel Tower closes today from 9pm for an indefinite period of time” in Paris, France, on March 13.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern displays a graph during a press conference in Auckland, New Zealand on March 14. Ardern explained how the country will attempt to slow the increase in coronavirus cases with measures like travel restrictions and self-quarantine upon arrival to New Zealand.
People hoping to leave Manila before it is placed on lockdown flock at a bus station in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines, on March 13.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivers a statement on a coronavirus economic aid package ahead of a vote in the House of Representatives at Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., on March 13.
A Mossos d’Esquadra officer stands on the closed off road near Igualada, Spain, on March 13. Over 60,000 people in Igualada, Odena, Santa Margarida de Montbui and Vilanova del Cami have been confined to their homes as the government put the towns under lockdown.
A man plays a guitar as part of a flashmob organized to raise the morale during Italy’s coronavirus crisis in Turin, Italy, on March 13.
Empty shelves seen at a Target store, as people stockpile supplies due to the outbreak of the deadly virus, in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on March 13. The U.S. government is racing to make more coronavirus test kits available as schools close around the country, sporting events get canceled and businesses encourage workers to telecommute where possible.
U.S. President Donald Trump (front) arrives with Vice President Mike Pence and other officials to declare the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., on March 13.
Employees of the Greek Parliament wearing plastic gloves attend the swearing-in ceremony of their newly elected President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in Athens on March 13. She became the country’s first female president nearly two months after the country’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to elect her. The swearing-in ceremony was being held in an almost empty parliament, as one of the measures being taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
Municipality workers prepare to disinfect a mosque in Srinagar, India, on March 13.
A man takes a picture of a poster of the artist TVBoy depicting Uncle Sam calling on people to stay home on March 13, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.
Visitors take photos at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, U.S., on March 13. Disneyland is closing its doors for the rest of the month, shuttering one of the state’s best-known attractions.
A message reading ‘Wash Hands” is seen in the sky over Sydney, Australia, on March 13.
Peru’s Alianza Lima and Argentina’s Racing Club play the Copa Libertadores match at the Presidente Perón Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 12. The match was played in an empty, closed-door stadium as part of the government’s measures to contain transmission of coronavirus.
A misting machine sprays anti-septic solution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a public school in Marikina, Philippines, on March 13.
A general view of the pit lane as the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled after a McLaren team member tested positive for coronavirus in Melbourne, Australia, on March 13.
A man wearing a face mask stands by a stock market display board in Hong Kong on March 13.
A nearly deserted view of the Red Fort complex as people avoid crowded places in New Delhi, India, on March 12.
(L-R) Professor Brendan Murphy, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premier of New South Wales Gladys Berejiklian during a press conference announcing the recommendation that all mass gatherings of 500 people or more will be cancelled from March 16, in Sydney, Australia, on March 13.
Employees wearing protective face masks clean and disinfect a bus, as part of measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, in Moscow, Russia, on March 13.
A man wearing a protective face mask walks past the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo on March 13.
A sign that reads ‘Closed for tours and visits in view of COVID-19 situation’ hangs outside the Masjid Sultan in Singapore on March 13.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference addressing the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, at Downing Street in London, England on March 12. The U.K. government announced the country is moving from the “contain” to “delay” phase in dealing with the spread of COVID-19 in the U.K.
Trading is halted for 15 minutes as traders work on the floor at the opening bell of the Dow Industrial Average at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, New York, U.S. on March 12.
People coming from Venezuela with protective face masks as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting the virus, show their documents on the border at Simon Bolivar International Bridge, in Cucuta, Colombia, on March 12.
People line up to purchase goods at a downtown Trader Joe’s as more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S. on March 12.
The Manuel Ferreira stadium lies empty amid the coronavirus outbreak, during a Copa Libertadores game between Club Olimpia and Defensa y Justicia in Asunción, Paraguay, on March 11. The match was played behind closed doors.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the While House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 11. He said that travel to the nation from over two dozen European countries has been suspended for the next 30 days. The ban applies to foreign nationals; American citizens who are screened before entering would not face any issues.
Fans leave the Golden 1 Center after an NBA game between New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was postponed in Sacramento, California, U.S., on March 11.
An airline worker stands in a nearly empty Los Angeles International Airport in California, U.S., on March 11.
Customers stock up on supplies at a wholesale store in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 11.
An airport worker uses hand sanitizer at Los Angeles International Airport in California, U.S., on March 11.
Cleaning crew have their masks wiped down after they come out of Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington, U.S., on March 11.
Trees are decorated with ribbons in support of coronavirus patients at the Life Care Center of Kirkland in Washington, U.S., on March 11.
Employees from a disinfection service company sanitize a subway car depot amid coronavirus outbreak in Seoul, South Korea, on March 11.
Firemen spray disinfectants outside a public market in Manila, Philippines, on March 11.
A COVID-19 testing center at the Reactivating the Repat Hospital is seen on March 11 in Adelaide, Australia. Patients book ahead, then arrive and stay in their vehicle and wait to be swabbed by nurses before driving off. Test results are then sent to the patient’s GP later.
Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the hospital’s operations, treatment of patients, protection for medical workers and scientific research at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, on March 10.
Palestinian workers disinfect a public park in Gaza City, Gaza, on March 10.
Passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, which docked in Oakland, arrive for quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in San Antonio, Texas, U.S., on March 10 after a number of passengers on the cruise were tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A medical official walks inside a plane while taking the body temperature of passengers, who arrived on a flight from New York City, New York, U.S., at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kiev, Ukraine, on March 10.
Race goers use hand sanitiser installed at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, England, on March 10.
Recreational vehicles ready for deployment by the Department of Emergency Management to provide temporary isolation housing in San Francisco, California, U.S., on March 10.
A passenger from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19 washes his hands before boarding a chartered plane in Oakland, California, U.S., on March 10.
Voters arrive with masks at Warren E. Bow Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on March 10.
A health worker sprays disinfectant outside the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 10.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks on an almost empty street in Yokohama, Japan, on March 10.
Workers at a building, where at least 46 people were confirmed to have COVID-19, wait in line for coronavirus testing at a temporary facility in Seoul, South Korea, on March 10.
A worker disinfects handrails inside a train in Manila, Philippines, on March 10.
People wear face masks as they change subway lines in Beijing, China, on March 10.
Passengers of the cruise ship Grand Princess look from the balconies of their cabins as tests for COVID-19 are conducted and arrangements are made to offload passengers while the vessel docks at the Port of Oakland, California, U.S., on March 9.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus outbreak, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 9.
A general view of the central station in Milan, Italy, during checks on March 9.
Women travel in a public bus wearing protective masks in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 9.
A man arriving into an office building gets his temperature measured by a private security guard in New Delhi, India, on March 9.
People wear face masks as they walk outside an office building during morning rush hour in Beijing, China, on March 9.
South Korean army soldiers spray disinfectant on a street in Seoul, South Korea, on March 9.
A mask-clad worker disinfects an area in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on March 9.
A steward walks inside the Allianz Stadium before the Serie A match between Juventus F.C. and Inter Milan was being played behind closed doors, in Turin, Italy, on March 8.
Medical experts prepare to check passengers arriving from Italy at the Sheremetyevo International Airport outside Moscow, Russia, on March 8.
Passengers look out from balconies aboard the Grand Princess as it cruises a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California, U.S. on March 8. At least 21 passengers on the ship have reportedly been affected with the coronavirus.
People in face masks walk on St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis delivers his weekly Angelus prayer via video, due to coronavirus concerns, in Vatican City on March 8.
A couple wearing protective face masks visits Asakusa neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan, on March 8.
Protesters are sprayed with disinfectant during a rally demanding women’s right on the occasion of International Women’s Day at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 8.
A nurse shows her protective equipment at Villa Nueva hospital, where patients carrying the virus will be cared for, in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, on March 7.
Shoppers wait their turns to pick up toilet paper that had just arrived at a Costco store in Tacoma, Washington, U.S., on March 7. Within minutes, several pallets of toilet paper and paper towels were sold out as people continue to stock up on necessities due to fear of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks at a news conference to announce the first presumptive positive case of the coronavirus in Washington D.C., on March 7.
A girl wearing a mask is seen in New Delhi, India, on March 7.
Members of the crew load personal protective equipment into a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter in San Francisco, California, U.S., on March 6.
A doctor checks the blood pressure of a displaced Yazidi woman, as they wear protective face masks, at a medical center in the Sharya camp in Duhok, Iraq, on March 7.
People walk through a “sanitizing gate” spraying disinfectants against coronavirus before entering into a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 6.
Nurses wear protective gear during a demonstration of preparations for any potential coronavirus cases at the Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 6.
Flight attendants wearing protective masks fill out health alert cards before thermal scanner in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, on March 6.
An employee wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant to sanitize a passenger bus in Minsk, Belarus, on March 6.
A man wears a plastic face cover and a mask at the subway in Shanghai, China, on March 5.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence bumps elbows with Washington Governor Jay Inslee (L) during a news conference at Camp Murray, Washington, U.S., on March 5. Pence was in Washington to discuss the state’s efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and officials have been avoiding shaking hands to prevent the spread of germs.
The military-appointed members of parliament wearing face masks leave after a session in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on March 4.
Visitors wearing protective masks line up in front of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, on March 4.
Slovakia’s Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini attends a news conference during the summit of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries to discuss response to the spread of the coronavirus, in Prague, Czech Republic, on March 4.
A woman wearing a protective mask serves tea at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 4.
A Jammu and Kashmir police officer briefs passengers about guarding against the coronavirus in Lakhanpur, India, on March 4.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gives a news briefing about the coronavirus with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on March 3.
People wearing face masks cross a road in Shanghai, China, on March 2.
The U.S. White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah L. Birx attends a press briefing, as Vice President Mike Pence looks on, in the White House on March 2. As of March 3, six people had died in the state and at least 100 confirmed cases were reported across the country.
Government officials make phone calls to members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus to check if they have symptoms of COVID-19, at the Goyang City Hall in South Korea on March 3. The country confirmed its 29th death and more than 4,800 cases of the virus infection on March 3.
A Brazilian scientists, who is among those that concluded coronavirus DNA sequencing, inserts a tube into a portable device connected to a computer that decodes virus DNA, at the Tropical Medicine Institute of the São Paulo University Medical School in Brazil on March 2.
Rescue workers wearing masks and protective clothing check a man’s temperature during a mock drill on handling suspected carriers of the coronavirus, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on March 2.
A paramedic wearing a protective suit sanitizes the hands of people in Ashkelon, Israel, on March 2.
Personnel from the health ministry check tourists’ temperatures and for any symptoms at the Rumichaca border bridge in Tulcán, Ecuador, on March 1.
A South Korean soldier wearing protective gear sanitizes a street in front of the city hall in Daegu on March 2.
Students of Hanoi National University of Education attend the first day of classes after returning to the university, which was closed for over a month due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Hanoi, Vietnam, on March 2.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak as (L-R) U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams look on, at the White House on Feb. 29.
Pedestrians wearing face masks cross a square in Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 29.
A police officer wears a protective face mask on the street in Mexico City, Mexico, on Feb. 29.
A cleaner sanitizes a wagon on a regional train at the Garibaldi train station in Milan, Italy, on Feb. 28. Authorities are taking new measures against the COVID-19 outbreak as death toll in the country reached 21 on Feb. 29.
A researcher works in a lab that is developing testing for the COVID-19 at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation in Nutley, New Jersey, U.S., on Feb 28. The facility develops novel therapies for some of the worlds most difficult diseases.
Commuters wear face masks on a street in Karachi, Pakistan, on Feb. 28, as the country detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus on Feb. 26.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks next to Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, during a coronavirus task force meeting at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Feb. 27.
Umrah pilgrims are seen after the cancellation of the departure to Mecca following the Saudi government’s temporary ban announced on Feb. 27, to keep the country safe from the virus outbreak, at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Feb. 27.
A health worker takes part in a drill to handle suspected carriers of coronavirus, at a hotel in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Feb. 26.
School staff leave after the government announced a 14-day closure as they found a eight-year old student was infected with the virus, at Phraharuthai Donmuang School in Bangkok, Thailand, on Feb. 26.
Personnel wearing protective gear spray anti-septic solution at a traditional market in Seoul on Feb. 26.
Spanish police officers patrol outside the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain, on Feb. 25.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks during a special government meeting to discuss measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, at the Daegu City Hall in Daegu on Feb. 25.
Fans wear masks at Stadio San Paolo in Naples, Italy, on Feb. 25, prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between SSC Napoli and FC Barcelona.
A newly wed couple wear protective masks as they take photos with family in Hong Kong on Feb. 24.
Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends a news conference on the WHO-China Joint Mission on coronavirus in Beijing, on Feb. 24.
U.N. Secretary General António Guterres speaks during an update on the situation at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, on Feb. 24.
Figures depicting coronavirus and “carnevals-virus” are seen at the Shrove Monday celebrations in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Feb. 24.
A reveler wears protective face mask at the Venice Carnival, the last days of which were called off after third death was reported in the country, in Italy on Feb. 23.
People wear masks in downtown Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 23. Iran’s health ministry confirmed the death toll to eight in the country as of Feb. 23.
Buddhist monks wearing protective face masks pray during a blessing ceremony for the people affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb. 22.
Members of Red Cross board a Colombian Air Force plane that will evacuate the citizens from coronavirus-hit China, at the CATAM military base in Bogota, Colombia, on Feb. 22.
A Chinese tourist, who was tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and isolated for treatment, gestures while accompanied by medical staff after she was discharged from the hospital following her recovery, near Colombo in Sri Lanka, on Feb. 19.
Media personnel chase after a passenger (C) who disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, on Feb. 19.
Indians who were airlifted from Wuhan wait to collect their release certificates before leaving the ITBP quarantine facility in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 17.
Military medics stand in a formation after deplaning from a transport aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) at the Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 17.
A teacher gives a lecture with the help of her smart phone during an online class at a middle school in Donghai, China, on Feb. 17.
Pictures of Pakistani students studying in Wuhan, China, are displayed by their family members during a demonstration in Lahore, Pakistan, on Feb. 16. The family members are demanding the evacuation of their relatives.
Nepalese nationals who were in Wuhan walk out from a Nepal Airlines plane at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, on Feb. 16. The chartered plane brought back 175 nationals from Hubei province.
Family members of Pakistani students studying in Wuhan, rally outside the Chinese Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, on Feb. 13., for the evacuation of their children from the Chinese city.
A laboratory technician helps a colleague remove the protective suit after leaving a laboratory in Shenyang, China, on Feb. 12.
People wave at family on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Daikoku Pier, Yokohama, Japan, on Feb. 11.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has his temperature checked during a visit to a clinic in Gyeonggi, South Korea, on Feb. 8.
Members of an emergency team participate in a drill to prepare for the potential arrival of passengers infected with the coronavirus at the Viru Viru International Airport, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, on Feb. 6.
Airport security staff checks passengers using a thermal sensor screen at the Hong Kong International Airport on Feb. 6.
A tourist receives a free protective face mask from Buddhist volunteers in Hanoi on Feb. 6.
Workers in protective gear are seen on Japan Coast Guard boats in Yokohama, on Feb. 5, bringing patients from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.
Beds are set up at an exhibition center, which was converted into a hospital, in Wuhan on Feb. 4.
Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (C) speaks to journalists during a visit to Suvarnabhumi Airport to inspect measures in place to monitor passengers as they arrive in Bangkok on Jan. 29.
Children are seen wearing facial masks as a precaution after Nepal confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the country, at Matribhumi School in Madhyapur Thimi, Nepal, on Jan. 29.
Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, takes part in a news conference after a meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee to discuss about the outbreak of Pneumonia in China and other countries due to the 2019-nCoV, in Geneva, on Jan. 22.
Dozens of diggers work to build a new hospital in Wuhan, on Jan. 25. Due to the large number of infected people, the government decided to establish a temporary 1,000-bed hospital.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ticket sales plunged to their lowest levels in at least 20 years at North American movie theaters as the coronavirus pandemic led to one of Hollywood’s worst weekends at the box office.
Receipts totaled about $56 million in U.S. and Canada theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday. Not since September 2000 has weekend box office revenue been so low, according to data firm Comscore, when $54.5 million in tickets were sold on a quiet weekend. More people went to the movies the weekend after Sept. 11, 2001.
Disney’s latest release from Pixar, “Onward,” remained the top film, earning $10.5 million in its second weekend. The Christian romance “I Still Believe” from Lionsgate brought in $9.5 million. Sony’s comic-book adaptation “Bloodshot,” with Vin Diesel, grossed an estimated $9.3 million.
All of those totals were notably below expectations.
Most of Europe’s cinemas have shuttered in recent days, along with closures in China, India, Lebanon and Kuwait. Those closures have already slashed international grosses.
But the wide majority of North American theaters remained open for business over the weekend. The continent’s two largest chains, AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas, said they wouldn’t fill theaters to more than 50% capacity to facilitate social distancing. Others asked moviegoers to leave empty seats around them. All pledged to clean theaters in between screenings.
Other theaters opted to close, including many cinemas in New York. Of the roughly 5,800 theaters in the United States, about 100 were closed over the weekend.
“With the worldwide coronavirus epidemic causing many domestic theater chains to go to reduced seating and many international territories to either completely or partially close all theaters, as well as creating uncertainty about going to crowded spaces, all titles have seen larger than expected drops,” Disney said in a statement.
This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Vin Diesel in a scene from “Bloodshot.” (Graham Bartholomew/Sony/Columbia Pictures via AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Betty Gilpin in a scene from “The Hunt.” (Patti Perret/Universal Pictures via AP)
In this image released by Disney/Pixar, Ian Lightfoot, voiced by Tom Holland, left, and Barley Lightfoot, voiced by Chris Pratt, appear in a scene from “Onward.” (Disney/Pixar via AP)
A sole spectator watches a film in a movie theatre in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Effective from today, cinemas in Hungary are restricted to sell a maximum of 99 tickets for a show as the Hungarian government declared a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus, and prohibited all indoor events with more than 100 participants and outdoor events attended by more than 500 participants. (Marton Monus/MTI via AP)
This image released by Focus Features shows Sidney Flanigan in a scene from “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” (Focus Features via AP)
Britt Robertson, from left, KJ Apa, Shania Twain and Gary Sinise attend the LA premiere of “I Still Believe” at ArcLight Hollywood on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Justin Hartley, left, and Sylvia Grace Crim in a scene from “The Hunt.” (Universal Pictures via AP)
Health officials urged people to stay home and minimize social interaction, especially in states that have instituted bans on larger gatherings. California put a limit on gatherings of 250 people; New York set its ban at 500 people; Ohio banned gatherings of 100 people or more.
Most of the entertainment world has shut down. Broadway theaters, major museums and theme parks have closed their doors. Concerts have been called off. Festivals including South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York have been canceled or delayed. Most live-action film production has been put on hiatus.
Hollywood also has postponed most of its upcoming releases. Next week’s most anticipated movie, “A Quiet Place Part 2,” has been removed from the schedule. Other major releases, including Disney’s “Mulan” and the James Bond film “Die Another Day” have been put off.
That means that even if movie theaters remain open in the coming weeks, they will have little to play.