The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are a go. While the coronavirus pandemic has forced multiple events to cancel or be held virtually, the VMAs will have a home in Brooklyn, New York this summer.
During his daily press briefing on Monday, June 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Video Music Awards will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, according to a report from Billboard.com.
The annual awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 30, and “the event will follow all safety guidelines, including limited or no audience.”
New York was previously the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, but the state has since seen new cases of COVID-19 drastically decrease due to the early preventive measures put into place like requiring facemasks, enforcing social distancing, and placing residents in lockdown.
The coronavirus outbreak has led to the cancellation or postponing of many large events including the NCAA Tournament, Coachella, SXSW, the Winter X Games, Stagecoach, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and more. The NBA, NHL, and MLS temporarily suspended their seasons.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 126,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.