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Miami Music Week 2020 Has Been Effectively Canceled

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Miami, Florida.

Coronavirus fears and travel bans leave major clubs and events no other choice.

Correction: Miami's first confirmed case of Coronavirus was in Bay Harbour Islands, not Bal Harbour.

Any electronic music-loving out-of-towners still hoping to visit Miami next week may want to reconsider. The city's annual Miami Music Week has effectively been canceled. The 20-plus year annual city-wide event, which generates about $80 million in revenue for the city, is the latest social gathering snuffed out by coronavirus concern.

Nearly all of the city's most popular clubs have shuttered their doors while big-name lineups have been canceled or postponed. The string of announcements have come in the last 24 hours, about one week after Ultra Music Festival's flagship Miami event was “postponed” to what would have been its official dates next year.

After Ultra fell its convention partner, the Winter Music Conference. By Wednesday, the area had its first confirmed coronavirus case on Bay Harbor Islands. That evening, President Trump declared a ban on most Europeans entering the country for 30-days, excluding the island-nations of the UK and Ireland.

Thursday morning, Miami-Dade county declared its own State of Emergency, while the City of Miami Beach nixed all planned pool parties. Club closures soon followed, including Basement and popular megaclubs Liv and Story.

Many clubs who had booked European DJs were forced to cancel their events as soon as the travel ban was enacted, such as Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky.

Club Space, whose MMW events would have marked its 20th year of celebrations, announced its canceled events on Instagram. It also announced plans to host digital DJ sets from its booth, with information to come.

It's a difficult time for many as nightclubs prepare themselves for revenue losses. MMW profits usually help sustain these venues through the slower summer season. The effects of coronavirus cancellations are also felt in Austin, following the loss of this year's SXSW, and California and New York, where unnecessary social gatherings of 250 to 500 people or more have been legally restricted, respectively.