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Cancellation of Live Events : COVID-19 Outbreak

Cancellation of Live Events : COVID-19 Outbreak

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance is mandatory for any virtual or outdoor events like street festivals , marathons , church worship , sports tournaments, music events etc. Event organizers should ensure the outdoor events or virtual events are accessible to people with disabilities.

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CaptiongStar being a pioneer in the field of Real time and Remote Captioning services for several years has made a remarkable contribution while serving its clients from different industries.CaptioningStar has served 5,000+ clients and have successfully conducted 300+ live events captioned so far.

CaptioningStar diligently follows the guidelines set forth by ADA
(Americans with Disability ACT) that includes providing accessible parking spaces , easy navigation throughout the event, (people with wheelchairs , canes , walkers are assisted and are able to access the event without any hindrance) , portable restrooms etc.The primary focus of ADA act is to prevent anyone from being discriminated against on the basis of disability

COVID-19 Effect on Live Captioning events

It was yet another day when CaptioningStar started acquiring leads for Live Captioning events that were supposed to be scheduled in the month of March. When CaptioningStar were all set to proceed further with the lead enquiries there was a sudden global outbreak where WHO on
March 11,2020 declared COVID-19 a pandemic , the situation where no one would have even imagined in their wildest dreams.

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More than 2,00,000 have contracted the disease and as a precautionary measure to protect people from getting affected , the U.S. Government along with Live event planners have been cancelling the events to avoid public gatherings from any major technical conferences to minor concerts.

On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a notice that all large events and mass gatherings to be avoided in order to regulate the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.

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On the whole 10 to 15 Onsite Live Captioning events of CaptioningStar have been cancelled and to our surprise potential Leads started generating for Remote Live Captioning service.

1

Salesforce Connections

Salesforce Connections , originally planned to be held in Chicago between April 4-6 will now be an online event. Organizers have issued a notice stating “After careful consideration, we’ve decided there will be no physical event for connections”.”Instead, we will reimagine Connections as a virtual experience and deliver a full program of inspiring sessions and educational content. While times may be uncertain, there is one thing that remains true: amazing things happen whenever the Salesforce community comes together. We are excited to come together virtually for Connections and we look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks.”

2

St.Joseph

St.Joseph today at Michigan has postponed the BBQ,Blues and Bluegrass event and has rescheduled to October 3,2020.

3

The Football Association

The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have all called a halt to the action until the beginning of April.

4

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball delayed the start of its regular season until May at the earliest. The league declared on March 16 the move was made in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against gatherings of 50 people or more for eight weeks.

5

The Ladies European Tour’s

The Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International was postponed with a view to it being rescheduled later in the year.

6

The South Bend

The South Bend Civic Theatre and the South Bend Symphony Orchestra have postponed the upcoming production of West Side Story. The full theatrical production was originally set to be performed on April 18 and 19 at the Morris Performing Arts Center.

7

CinemaCon2020

CinemaCon, scheduled to take place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas from March 30-April 2,2020 has been cancelled.Since the global circumstances make it impossible for them to host the show thereby they have made a decision to cancel the event CinemaCon2020.

8

E3

E3, one of the world’s largest video game convention and trade shows, scheduled from June 9-11 in Los Angeles, has been cancelled. Due to the unprecedented global situation,organizers have made the right decision and are planning to provide an online experience to showcase industry news and announcements to their fans and supporters in June 2020

9

First United Methodist

First United Methodist Church in Michigan is suspending the people gatherings , including worship until April.

10

Popular Baugo

Popular Baugo Community Schools in Michigan will be closed from March 17 through April 13. They have effectively planned to implement an elearning curriculum to handle the situation and have made necessary arrangements for students.

11

IACC Americas Connect

IACC Americas Connect , scheduled to take place in Dallas on March 30- April 1 has been postponed to June29-July1.IACC CEO Marc Cooper and IACC Americas President Nancy Lindemer said in a statement on March 11 that “The IACC board of directors and all those involved in putting together the annual meeting, believe that Connect should be the catalyst event for our members to begin looking forward and rebuilding again once the worst of COVID-19 is behind us.”

12

Disney Parks

Disney Parks in the United States has announced that it would close its theme park through the end of March until the situation gets better.

13

The National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters announced on March 11 that it would postpone or potentially cancel its annual NAB Show, planned in Las Vegas on April 18-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

14

The National Cannabis Risk Management Association

The National Cannabis Risk Management Association has postponed its NCRMA 2020 convention, scheduled to be held March 22-24 at Bally’s in Las Vegas.

15

New York Philharmonic

In New York, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall declined performances through the end of the month.

16

Northstar Travel Group

Northstar Travel Group, parent company of Northstar Meetings Group, announced that the GTM West event has been moved to Sept. 19-21 at the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, Ariz due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

17

Grace College

Grace College has canceled on-campus classes and temporarily closed residence halls until April 13. Classes are canceled and prepared for remote instruction. Classes will move to remote delivery beginning Wednesday, March 18.

18

Plymouth Community

Plymouth Community School Corporation announced that schools will be closed for March and encouraged e-learning on replacing the school closure.

19

Indiana University

Indiana University has suspended all in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester

20

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan College has planned to cancel all classes till March 23 and encouraged the students to take up online classes.

21

Los Angeles Time Festival

Los Angeles Time Festival of Books at USC Campus have rescheduled the event to October 3-4.

22

24th Annual Webby

24th Annual Webby Awards event has been cancelled in Newyork and the winners are supposed to be announced online via an Internet celebration.

23

Nvidia GTC

Nvidia GTC – GPU Technology Conference to be held from Mar. 22-26 in San Jose, CA in-person canceled and planned to execute online-only event.

24

Google Cloud Next

Google Cloud Next to be held in San Francisco Apr. 6-8 i In-person canceled paving the way for the online event.

25

ESRI Developer Summit

ESRI Developer Summit (Mar. 10) : in-person canceled paving the way for online-only event

26

WorldWide Developers Conference 2020

Apple’s WorldWideDevelopersConference 2020 will take on an entirely new online format packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike.

27

Adobe Summit

Adobe Summit planned event from Mar 29- April 2 in Las Vegas has been cancelled and an online event will take place.

28

The National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters announced on March 11 that it would postpone or potentially cancel its annual NAB Show, planned in Las Vegas on April 18-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

29

The American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society cancelled its Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo, scheduled to take place March 22-26 in Philadelphia, drawing 15,000 attendees.

30

2020 IHN Empty Bowl

The 2020 IHN Empty Bowl Soup Benefit hosted by the Goshen Clay Artists Guild has been postponed until any further notice.

31

TED 2020

TED 2020, originally scheduled to be held in Vancouver on April 20-24, has been postponed to July 20-26, or high possibilities while making the event fully virtual.

32

Ace Hardware 2020

The Ace Hardware 2020 Spring Convention, tentatively to begin from last March 11-14 in Chicago, has been cancelled.

Webinar Products Supported by CaptioningStar to Handle a Pandemic influenza

CaptioningStar identifies the underlying factors and handles this crisis well effectively by supporting the Remote Live Captioning services through different Webinar products.The Webinar products such as GoToWebinar, Zoom,StreamText ,Live Stream,YouTube,Vimeo,Facebook are extensively used by CaptioningStar to offer Remote Live Captioning service to our clients.

One of the main advantages of Remote Captioning services are cost-effectiveness , Captioning can be done at relatively shorter notice and effectively replace the Onsite Live Captioning service especially during the time of crisis.Captioners at CaptioningStar are trained rigorously to manage the situation with no compromise on quality of captions produced.

CaptioningStar’s Slash in Rates due to crisis

At CaptioningStar , our mission is to make it easy for our customers to utilize the power of video captioning , especially at the time of crisis where directly engaging with customers is critical and employees working remotely.In order to mitigate the pain CaptioningStar slashed our original rates for Captioning Services from $175 to $130 – A small step from our end to provide relief to customers during this time of crisis.

Thankfully development in technology and easy access to the internet round the clock have helped us to work remotely with full safety and to manage the situation without any effect on day to day business.

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Thus Remote Live Captioning is a real boon to the captioning field where captioners can work from remote locations while maintaining a social distance from the rest of the world.

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