Since the Coronavirus disease was reported in Wuhan China last year, cases have jumped over to 116,654 with total deaths of 4,259. The virus has reached several large landmasses and is still spreading globally – Many have been making jokes about the covid19 on all social media platforms but what they don’t know is its human life that is the primary concern regarding the topic of the infectious disease. Yet it is paramount to consider the impact it may have on all businesses including the skate industry.
Online Skate Shopping From Home
There are a lot of videos online showing deserted streets in Wuhan – other nearby cities lead to lockdown due to the outbreak. Schools have been suspended and many employees are being instructed to work from home in the Philippines. It was suggested that if the virus worsens, many will be skeptical to go outside their homes to purchase. The big question is who will be delivering the products?
Delayed Skateboarding Events
Skateboard competitions are beginning to be postponed due to the epidemic. Worldskate - Skateboarding & Roller Sports announced that the Olympic qualification events must not be considered canceled but rather suspended or rescheduled. Skateboarding just recently entered the Olympics this year and it’s not a good sign for skate contest to be delayed – we hope that the widespread of covid19 will be stopped immediately.
Skateboarding Tours Cancelation
Professional skateboarders usually travel to film their video parts and to also promote their products, the most famous skate spot is in China and according to Quarter Snacks, Shenzhen surpassed Barcelona as the go-to skate trip destination. Unfortunately, there are a lot of restrictions now in terms of traveling. As stated by Fortune, some countries have imposed China travel restrictions over the coronavirus.
Shortages of Skate Products
Products and services will be likely to slow down which skateboardsforschools.com claimed that most skateboards are made in China or Mexico. Manufacturers will likely diminish since there's already a travel prohibition in certain countries - there's a possibility that it will stay in house.
As reported by Forbes:
With continued uncertainty around the Coronavirus and no signs of its spread slowing down, it seems highly likely that Chinese factories will be remaining closed for the foreseeable future and that this will start to impact stock availability throughout the world.
Coronavirus affecting street skating
More and more people are now prepared to protect themselves by wearing face masks, washing their hands, practicing the cough and sneezing etiquette. Skating in the streets is not a good idea for now as the pathogen is still at large so protect your selves at all times – proper hygiene is a must even after its cessation.