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Bay Area Coronavirus closures: Tony Robbins, S.F. Ballet, some Stanford events, more

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Tony Robbins speaks during the Maria Shriver Women’s Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on October 25, 2010 in Long Beach, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Motivational speaker Tony Robbins and a popular St. Patrick’s Day festival are the latest to cancel Bay Area events under the threat of COVID-19, the coronavirus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 3,800 worldwide.

Robbins’ organization announced early Monday that it was postponing “Unleash the Power Within” event planned for March 12-15 at San Jose’s SAP Center — the first time in 40 years Robbins’ has canceled an event. The event has not been rescheduled, but the organization says it is working on find a new date.

According to a statement posted on Robbins’ website, “We are extremely disappointed to announce that we have no choice but to postpone.” The organization cited California’s declared state of emergency and said that the SAP Center, where the event was to be held, is in “a hot zone region.”

“Our team, along with the venue’s management, has done everything possible up until the last minute, to safely hold the event as planned,” the statement read. “However, daily changing conditions, public health and government guidance, international travel restrictions, and escalating distress in Santa Clara County brought on by the unfolding global coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns has forced this decision.”

The organization says it was expecting 12,000 people at the event, and encouraged ticket holders to seek airline and hotel refunds. The group said it would be reaching […]

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