SXSW 2020

South Congress is devoid of people and cars on Friday.
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Many of you are probably (hopefully) sitting at home right now, selflessly isolating and socially distancing. And, some of you are probably bored; Netflix and puzzles can only go so far. If you've got a smartphone, you're likely (more than you'd care to admit) staring at Instagram – a lot.

Now, you have the option to actually help some of those folks who are out of work because of the coronavirus and assuage that bone-deep pang of guilt that comes with that glut of screentime.

Empire Control Room and Garage
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UpdateOfficials announced a ban on events with more than 250 people in attendance. Read more here.

Original story: Health officials are urging venues to cancel or reschedule events with more than 250 attendees in light of COVID-19 concerns.

Austin Public Health has capped large-scale events at 2,500, but issued a statement late Friday asking organizers to reconsider these smaller events, citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Cindy Lo, owner of Red Velvet Events
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Cindy Lo spent the weekend after South by Southwest was canceled reassessing things. The owner of Red Velvet Events and her 27 employees have a reputation for transforming spaces into experiences for clients like Mercedes Benz and Tito’s Vodka. The loss of the festival could have been worse for her.

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With South by Southwest canceled, a collective of downtown clubs led by the Red River Cultural District announced a series of shows Wednesday that they're calling "We Can Do Magic."

A South by Southwest sign in the Red River Cultural District.
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South by Southwest laid off a third of its full-time staff Monday, a SXSW spokesperson said. 

The company employs about 175 people. The layoffs come three days after the City of Austin canceled the festival due to concerns over COVID-19. 

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The cancellation of South by Southwest will have economic ripple effects for the rest of the year, according to a consulting firm that does an annual economic analysis of the festival and conference.

"It certainly is a shock, and it's going to be an economic shock," says Greyhill Advisors partner Ben Loftsgaarden. 

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Click here to read this story in English. 

Ahí estaban, casi 30 de ellos reunidos alrededor del bar, lamiéndose las heridas, hablando de hojas de cálculo y huérfanos.

Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
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Líderes comunitarios se está uniendo para ayudar a los dueños de pequeños negocios, camareros, trabajadores del sector turístico, artistas y otros afectados por la cancelación de South by Southwest.

Music industry members in the Red River Cultural District met on Saturday to discuss organizing to help people affected by the cancellation of South By Southwest.
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Organizers are coming together to help small-business owners, bartenders, hospitality workers, artists and others grappling with the cancellation of South by Southwest.

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There they were, close to 30 of them, gathered around the bar, licking their wounds, talking about spreadsheets and orphans.

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South by Southwest brings in a huge amount of money for local businesses and the community, and the festival could be just the first of several big events called off amid fears of the coronavirus.

Small businesses, gig workers and others who depend on these events for income will struggle, and the ripple effects could be felt for a long time.

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South by Southwest is canceled.

Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and public health officials said the concerns surrounding COVID-19 were too great.

On Wednesday night in Switzerland, the French violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra played a full concert — to an empty hall.

Their performance, which was canceled after the Swiss government prohibited all gatherings of 1000 or more people, was broadcast by Swiss public television and radio. It's just one of the ways that performers and organizations worldwide are grappling with the uncertainties of the coronavirus, and how to handle large gatherings of audiences in close quarters.

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Health officials are testing "one or more" individuals for COVID-19 in the Austin-Travis County area, Austin Public Health's interim health director said.