UPDATED: Monday, March 16, 2020
As COVID-19 has been upgraded to a Pandemic, states have
shut down public schools and non-essential retail while placing a ban on
gatherings of people over 50.
It’s a disaster that has hit almost every part of the world,
rocking financial markets and just about any business of every shape and size. D+P
is working very closely with many of our clients to assist them with their
So far, brands are taking the seriousness of Coronavirus to
heart, putting public health before profit, even in the face of potentially
billions of dollars lost due to the outbreak.
Major Publishers Drop
Paywalls on Coronavirus Coverage
Major media companies are dropping the paywall to perform
what The Philadelphia Inquirer’s executive editor calls a “critical
mission” in keeping the public up to date on safety information, urgent
health news and COVID-19’s impact.
The Inquirer along with The New York Times, The Wall Street
Journal, Bloomberg News and other major publishers has launched Live Coverage
landing pages specifically for coronavirus coverage.
Call for Governments to Help
Three airline alliances joined forces Monday to call for
governments across the globe to “assist the airline industry during this
In a press release, OneWorld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance, who
together represent nearly 60 international airlines including United, Delta and
American, and about half of the world’s flying capacity, jointly called on
governments and stakeholders to “take action to alleviate the unprecedented
challenges faced by the global airline industry amid the COVVID-19 pandemic”
To alleviate the immense pressures
faced by airlines in the current operating environment, and in support of
IATA’s statement on 12 March, the three alliances urge governments worldwide to
prepare for the broad economic effects from actions taken by states to contain
the spread of COVID-19, and to evaluate all possible means to assist the
airline industry during this unprecedented period.
Handover Will Be Scaled Down
The flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics set
in Athens this Thursday will be a scaled-down event, according to the Hellenic
Olympic Committee (HOC) who said Monday only a few Tokyo Games officials and
torch bearers would be present in order to protect everyone from coronavirus.
Organizers added the ceremony will include a dance with no
more than 10 people, and a torch relay with four people, two from Greece and
two from Japan.
The handover ceremony between the Hellenic Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Organizers will take place inside the ancient Panathenaic Stadium in Athens – the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.
The ceremony and stadium will be closed to the public in an
effort to help stop the virus.
‘Wheel of Fortune’ scrap live audiences
‘Jeopardy!’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’ confirmed Monday that the
shows had suspended filming in front of live audiences to prevent the spread of
the novel coronavirus.
TMZ reports one concern from ‘Jeopardy!’ producers was the
health of show host Alex Trebek, who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Trebek has a compromised immune system from chemotherapy and other treatments
and, according to TMZ, executives felt it was too risky to expose Trebek to a
Pro Sports Brands
Suspend Seasons, Training
The NBA has suspended the league’s 2019-2020 season after Utah
Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. Gobert, who now wishes
he took the virus more seriously, has been criticized for touching
reporters’ microphones after a press conference. The Utah Jazz star is now
in a bit of a PR crisis and has apologized via
Twitter video shared by the NBA.
Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell had also tested positive
The NHL and MLB also followed suite this week, with the NHL
suspending its season while the MLB suspended all Spring Training.
As concerns about new coronavirus cases continue to grow,
the Coca-Cola Company is testing its preparedness by asking employees at the
Atlanta headquarters to work remotely Tuesday.
“This is simply a drill to evaluate our business continuity
plans and ensure that we would be able to operate effectively if we should ever
need to close our offices at any time in the future,” Coca-Cola Company
spokesperson Ann Moore told
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.