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Originally Published: Mar 12, 2020
Originally Published: Mar 12, 2020 Last Updated: Mar 13, 2020 6 min read
Visitors in the rain at the discount TKTS ticket booth in Times Square in New York.
Visitors in the rain at the discount TKTS ticket booth in Times Square in New York.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo shut down all Broadway performances in New York City on Thursday, the latest major event cancellation in less than 24 hours. Major League Baseball had already suspended its spring training on Thursday, following the National Basketball Association's surprise announcement Wednesday night that it would suspend all games after a player tested positive for the new coronavirus.

It's not clear how long some of these shut downs will last—ESPN reports the NBA will stop play for at least two weeks though probably much longer—or whether games will be rescheduled. Yet as public health officials increasingly encourage "social distancing," it's likely these are the first of many postponed or cancelled games, shows, or concerts across the country.

What if you're a ticket holder? In general, you should be able to get a refund for any cancelled event. If an event is simply postponed, the details are murkier. Here are details about policies for different types of events: