The Tribeca Film Festival has become the latest major event to be affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and has postponed the 2020 event.
The event, which boasted a lineup with 95 world premieres from 33 different countries, was due to take place in New York City between April 15th through to April 26th. The postponement has been announced after New YorkGoverner Andrew Cuomo announced that events of 500 people or more are banned due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Tribeca has followed the likes of other major festivals such as SXSW and Coachella in halting the event until further notice.
“We founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to heal our community after the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in 2001,” Jane Rosenthal, the Tribeca co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises announced in a statement. “We were determined to overcome our fear and anxiety by joining together. It is in our DNA to march forward while caring about our community.”
Rosenthal added: “We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the public while also supporting our friends, filmmakers and storytellers who look to Tribeca as a platform to showcase their work to audiences. We will be back to you shortly with our plans.”
The ongoing epidemic of coronavirus disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 13th, 2020, more than 142,000 cases have been confirmed but the number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 5,300 people having died from the virus, most of which have come in different provinces of China, coronavirus has now spread to 120 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America.