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Answers to your most common questions about the coronavirus at venues and events.

What is a coronavirus?
It is a novel virus named for the crownlike spikes that protrude from its surface. The coronavirus can infect both animals and people and can cause a range of respiratory illnesses from the common cold to lung lesions and pneumonia.

How contagious is the virus?
It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces.  The pathogen can travel through the air, enveloped in tiny respiratory droplets that are produced when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes.

Where has the virus spread?
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has sickened more than 5,634,586 in at least 213 countries and more than 349,184 have died.  The spread has slowed in China, but is picking up speed in Europe and the United States.

What symptoms should I look out for?
Symptoms, which can take between two to 14 days to appear, include fever, cough and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.  Milder cases may resemble the flu or a bad cold, but people may be able to pass on the virus even before they develop symptoms.

How do I keep myself and others safe?
Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick and avoiding touching your face.

How can I prepare for a possible outbreak?
Keep a 30-day supply of essential medicines.  Get a flu shot.  Have essential household items on hand.  Have a support system in place for elderly family members.

What if I’m traveling?
The C.D.C. has advised against all non-essential travel to South Korea, China, Italy and Iran.  And the agency has warned older and at-risk travelers to avoid Japan.

How long will it take to develop a treatment or vaccine?
Several drugs are being tested, and some initial findings are expected soon.  A vaccine to stop the spread is still at least a year away.

For venues: all common areas and surfaces should be wiped down and disinfected, along with additional hand sanitizer stations being placed throughout the venue.  Check to see if your insurance covers a disease outbreak or triggered by the city declaring a “local state of disaster.

For artists: Since venues and promoters can cancel or push back events ahead of time, check to on cancellation clauses as artists aren’t paid until they perform.

At nice and loud “We are well prepared to work with our partners to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of our guests and employees.”

We will continue to closely monitoring the coronavirus situation.

The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is causing problems for a number of companies that pack people in large crowds.  It’s a challenge for businesses ranging from night clubs to concerts and festivals.
The silver lining down the road will be the fact that far less people will vacation abroad meaning there will be many more events set up in the US.
People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms.  The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease  are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.  Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal.  Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.
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Corona beer CEO says coronavirus not impacting sales

The top boss of Corona said that sales of the popular beer are just fine and consumers realize there is no tie between the drink and the deadly coronavirus.

Bill Newlands, president and CEO of Corona maker Constellation Brands, said despite “a fair amount of misinformation that’s been circulating … our business is just fine.”

Nationally, Corona Extra is the best-selling imported beer and sixth-best-selling beer overall. 

Several Las Vegas venues including Hakkasan at MGM and Señor Frog’s at Treasure Island report no noticeable changes in sales volume due to the virus.

The World Health Organization has urged people handling cash to soap up after as there’s a chance that the coronavirus can be transmitted during the transfer of money.  At this time there is no warning to cut out cash altogether.
What happens to your band or venue after the coronavirus pandemic?
Live music is over for who knows how long, but for many independent venues and promoters this could be the end of the line.  Without government assistance many venues will never recover.  Promoters without reserves for a rainy day may not survive the pandemic.

Venues, promoters and bands are trying to reschedule shows instead of cancelling which will be much easier for indie acts than it will be for National acts trying to restructure tours.  Even with closures music industry executives have been working long hours from home dealing with issues facing the live event business. Postponing shows to future dates is a way for venues keep ticket revenue that would have to be refunded if shows are cancelled.  Postponed shows will provide income for venues as soon as the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Bands should use this downtime wisely by updating websites and Electronic Press Kits as well as working to build social media.  When live music returns the competition for stage time will be won by the artists that use this time wisely.  Everyone will want to play so what you do now can separate you from the pack.  Fans are going to have the worst case of cabin fever in history so be ready.