SARS scares off Chicks

'Lion King' ends run after 3 1/2 years

TORONTO — Severe acute respiratory syndrome in the Toronto area continues to keep the entertainment and tourism industries under the weather.

The Dixie Chicks have postponed their June 13 perf here until Aug. 6, “due to concerns about the risk of tour personnel facing quarantine as a result of Toronto’s SARS situation,” according to Sony Music Canada. The Chicks’ appearances in Vancouver and Buffalo, N.Y., will go ahead as scheduled.

On Monday afternoon, David Mirvish told local media that the fallout from SARS, along with 9/11 and the war in Iraq, have contributed to Mirvish Prods.’ decision to close Disney’s “The Lion King” at the end of September, after 3½ half years and more than 1,300 performances in front of more than 2.3 million people.

The death toll from SARS in Toronto rose to 31 on Sunday after a 60-year-old woman died from the deadly virus, health officials said. The number of probable SARS cases rose to 52 on Sunday.

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In addition, 174 people are being monitored for infection and 17 people are in critical condition. More than 5,000 people are quarantined, mostly in the Toronto area.

(Reuters contributed to this report.)