A chronological visualisation of that shows how the pandemic affected the global nighttime industries

2020 through to 2021 has been a hit hard for all industries. Across the world life after dark has weathered increasing adversity as a result of lockdowns and curfews, in an attempt to stifle the spread of the virus.

This timeline depicts the key events in and changes in 2020 that altered the landscape of the night as we know it

The Categories to search by

  • Corona Cases: Cases, Deaths and Lockdowns

  • Government:  decisions made around Covid-19 and the nighttime industries

  • Industry Losses: canceled events, financial losses and tragedies such as closing venues

  • New possibilities & concepts: innovative new ideas that occurred as a result of the changed circumstances

  • Nighttime: Nightlife news of 2020


January 7

China: ”First death of COVID-19 (Wuhan)”

Chinese authorities confirm they have identified the novel virus, named 2019-nCoV. According to the WHO, the new virus is a new strain of coronavirus. The source is still unknown, but most likely comes from animals. A coronavirus, which usually causes respiratory illnesses, refers to a family of viruses that includes the common cold..Read More

January 13

Thailand: ”First international COVID-19 case”

The outbreak reaches beyond China for the first time, with the first international case confirmed in Thailand. “The possibility of cases being identified in other countries was not unexpected, and reinforces why WHO calls for ongoing active monitoring and preparedness in other countries,” the organisation said. “The patient’s full exposure history..Read More

January 15

Asia: ”First cases in Japan and South Korea”

The virus spreads to Japan, with the first reported case. The second death from the coronavirus is confirmed, this time a 69-year-old man. Wuhan Health Commission discloses there is a limited possibility of person-to-person transmission. The WHO reiterates this information and warns that a wider outbreak is possible. In the coming days,..Read More

January 21

USA: ”Timeline: How the coronavirus got started in the US”

The novel coronavirus outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, in December, has expanded to touch every corner of the globe. Millions of people around the world have been sickened and hundreds of thousands of others have died. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency and rated COVID-19‘s global risk of spread and..Read More

January 23

China: ”Wuhan in Lockdown”

China: ”Wuhan in Lockdown”

Wuhan goes into lockdown — flights and trains are blocked, public transport is halted. Later, the travel ban will extend to private cars. Health authorities in Hebei, just south of Beijing, said on Thursday an 80-year-old man infected with the coronavirus had died there, marking the first confirmed death outside..Read More

January 23

Global: ”From Wuhan to Australia: A timeline of key events in the spread of the deadly coronavirus”

The deadly coronavirus is rapidly spreading across the globe, with no end in sight. The virus has since spread to more than 160 countries, with large outbreaks in Europe, Iran, South Korea and the United States. More than 24,000 people have died from COVID-19, with more than 530,000 infections worldwide. More..Read More

January 24

Europe: ”Timeline of COVID-19 pandemic in Europe”

As of 13 March 2020, when the number of new cases became greater than those in China, the World Health Organization (WHO) began to consider Europe the active centre of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cases by country across Europe had doubled over periods of typically 3 to 4 days, with some countries (mostly those at earlier stages..Read More

January 25

Australia: ”Australia confirms four cases of coronavirus, expects more cases”

MELBOURNE, Jan 25 — Australia confirmed its first four cases of the new coronavirus in two different cities on Saturday, with the country’s chief health official saying he expected more cases as Australia was a population destination for Chinese tourists.

February 6

Asia: ”Nightclub apologizes for hosting ‘Corona Chinese New Year Special’ during Lockdown”

A nightclub in Australia has apologized for an event marketed as the “Corona Chinese New Year Special,” which offered club-goers a face mask and Corona beer for $8, a report said. The event was promoted by an independent company called Mr. Chan’s, according to the report. After a backlash from..Read More

February 13

Asia: ”Chinese rock bands are taking moshpits online under lockdown”

HONG KONG — There hasn’t been a live music show in China since late January. Venues across the country have shuttered in the wake of the COVID-19 “coronavirus” outbreak, from large rock halls like Shanghai’s Modern Sky Lab to underground nightclubs like Beijing’s Zhaodai. With businesses indefinitely extending the spring festival holidays, and local..Read More

Special thanks to the team of the minor ‘Dance Industry’ at Fontys Academy of Creative Alexander Spaans, Marilisa Fragkaki, Pleun Konings and Tessa Spek.

If you have a news story that you think should be included please contact jess@vibe-lab.org and we will add it to the timeline.