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The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the industry.
Hang in there, guys! We are going to get through this but for now, we have to deal with the fact that many of our social activities like sports, concerts, and conventions are going to be put on hold for a while. But in the long run, what is a couple of weeks compared to potentially spreading the COVID-19 virus. Although won’t really affect most of us more than the flu would, it could be dangerous to our elders and those with bad respiratory problems.
Today we got a couple of announcements affecting Anaheim, CA. WonderCon has officially been postponed to a later date. The California Department of Public Health has recommended that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should be either postponed or canceled. Respecting this Comic-Con, who is WonderCon‘s organizer, will honor this recommendation.
Here is the statement from Comic-Con regarding their decision:
“To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or canceled. Comic-Con (organizer of WonderCon) will abide by this recommendation. Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date. We will begin processing refunds for badge purchases in the coming days.”
“We continue to work closely with officials in San Diego and at this time no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer; July 23-26, 2020. We urge everyone to follow the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health officials.”
Also today, Disneyland Resort officials announced that both Disneyland and California Adventures will be closing starting Saturday through the end of the month. Disney hotels will remain open until Monday so guests can make proper arrangements for travel. Downtown Disney will stay open. In a great gesture, they also announced that through this time they will also continue to pay their cast members (what they call their employees).
Here is their announcement that they posted via Twitter:
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) March 12, 2020
I do feel bad for the people who maybe would be going to the parks for the first time. Also for the vendors who’s livelihoods depend on conventions like WonderCon. But with everything else practically shut down around the country and the world for that matter, it’s better to be safe than sorry. I hope everyone out there is continuing to practice good hygiene and staying calm in the midst of COVID-19.
There is one more event that has not budged as far as postponing. Wrestlemania in Tampa, Florida is a few weeks away and for the time being is still happening. Also as I type this, the XFL is also still planning on playing this weekend. Will they also follow the example of the rest of the nation? Let’s wait and see…
Have any of these events being postponed or canceled affected you personally? Let us know in the comment section below!
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