This is SNEWS' live blog covering all the latest news regarding the coronavirus and the outdoor industry. We will be updating this page as news breaks.

We also urge you to contact us if you have any new information concerning the coronavirus that hasn't appeared on this page.

SNEWS coronavirus coverage

Shows and Events

As shows and events are postponed or cancelled to prevent the spread of the virus, SNEWS is collecting all announcements relevant to the outdoor industry. Click here for all show and event updates

Brands and Businesses

Brands and retailers are hurting. Some are closing indefinitely. Many have sent their employees home. Yet many are answering the call to help in heroic ways. We're covering all developments relevant to outdoor businesses as the pandemic progresses. Click here for all brand and business updates.


  • To continue using parks and open spaces while social distancing, follow this expert guide from the National Recreation and Park Association. 
  • Read this awesome, common sense essay by Michael Hodgson about traveling in the days of coronavirus.
  • The CDC's official guidelines for preventing and treating the disease can be found here.
  • Find the World Health Organization's guidance for the outbreak here and a world map of confirmed cases here.
  • Daily updates from Global Rescue can be found here.


Outdoor Apparel News

Coronavirus Coverage: Brand and Business Updates

Outdoor companies making personal protective equipment Across the industry, we've seen outdoor businesses convert manufacturing processes for the greater good. Here's a running list. ALLIED Feather & Down is currently making 10,000 masks per day.  Arc'Teryx is helping to produce more

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Coronavirus Coverage: Show and Event Updates

May 12: Outdoor Media Summit rescheduledThe new dates for the event are October 19-21. April 27: Kahtoola hosts virtual charity runKahtoola is hosting a virtual run benefiting the Havasupai Tribe’s COVID-19 relief fund in hopes of raising $10,000. Runners, joggers, and walkers more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus updates, VF Corp, Jake Burton, Everest record

Prepare for coronavirus: OIA will run a webinar next week on the economic realities of the emerging health crisis and what comes next for you and your business. Olympics face cancellation: The longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee member has suggested that more

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Industry Buzz: Columbia furloughs, VF donations, new REI store halted, how to make PPE

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Furloughs at Columbia: Another big outdoor company has resorted to cutting pay as the coronavirus crisis worsens, cutting 3,500 workers’ wages by 75 percent. [The Oregonian] Your mask might not be working: That polyester more

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Industry Buzz: Everything to know about National Public Lands Day

First of all, admission to all national parks is $0. That's right. It's free to enter on Saturday, whether you're going to Yosemite National Park or Acadia National Park. This year is the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day as well as the 50th anniversary of the more


Industry Buzz: Patagonia and REI reopen, national park safety, Thin Air show, coronavirus liability

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia exercises caution: The brand was one of the first to close its stores. After losing half its North American sales, leadership is considering an extremely cautious approach to reopening. [The New York Times] REI more


Industry Buzz: Great American Outdoors Act, national park updates, National Trails Day, rewilding Patagonia

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor companies speak up: Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, and others publicly joined OIA in calling for the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. [The Hill] Support the effort yourself: Sign this letter from more

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Industry Buzz: GOA cancelled, Outdoor Research makes masks, a new SIA campaign, American Alpine Club goes virtual

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web PPE from the co-founder of Granite Gear: Jeff Knight has designed a new tool to help prolong the life of N95 masks. #CurbYourTurns: SIA has launched a new campaign to promote the idea that flattening the curve “has to take more

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Industry Buzz: Capitol Summit, Arc'teryx, Columbia, Ascent Outdoors, and a new alternative to hydration cups at races

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at Consumer-facing outdoor media site Gear Junkie has joined the Plastic Impact Alliance and supported the initiative by reporting on it. Adventure Journal also more