Emerald City Comic Con has officially been canceled due to concerns regarding the coronavirus.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop across the globe, several fan events have been canceled or postponed in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to the disease. With over a dozen cases and some deaths caused by COVID-19 reported in King County, Washington, where Emerald City Comic was set to take place, ReedPOP has officially canceled the event amid concerns for the health of attendees.
Emerald City Comic Con was originally scheduled to take place between March 12 and 15 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Now, RedPOP has announced that the event will be postponed to an undetermined date in summer 2020 and ticket holders will be fully refunded within 30 days.
You can read the full statement on Emerald City Comic Con’s cancelation below:
Each year the Emerald City Comic Con team works their hardest to do right by the thousands of fans that come together in Seattle. We want to create a space for you to gather, be yourselves and make memories with those who matter to you most. We have been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 virus in Seattle, and, after many hours of conversation internally and consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date and detail announcement forthcoming. We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of the local public health officials indicating that conventions should now be postponed.
Our hearts go out to the entire Seattle community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the nearly 100,000 amazing human beings who look forward to this event each year. Our team was incredibly excited to see you at Emerald City Comic Con next week, however, fans, artists, exhibitors and the rest of the community are what make Reedpop events so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.
We know that this decision is going to greatly impact many of our individual creators, small businesses and service workers. To those whose careers depend on ECCC – we will do everything that we can over the coming days and weeks to highlight your work and we ask that our entire community support you as we realize your personal livelihoods may be impacted.
To all of our fans – you will receive a refund on your tickets, no further action is needed on your part. Due to the volume, we expect you will receive your refund in 30 days. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Reedpop remains determined and committed to running Emerald City Comic Con in 2020 and we are working closely with Visit Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center to secure alternate dates this summer. As we explore options for new dates, please know that our priority is to bring you an equally amazing event.
We appreciate all the messages that we have received over the course of the past week. The feedback was invaluable in helping us determine next steps.
Stay tuned to our website and social channels for additional information about when we will next see you in Seattle.
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Emerald City Comic Con is just the latest event to be affected by the coronavirus. Warner Bros. previously canceled the New York premiere of Superman: Red Son to reduce the risk of infection while DC has pulled out of numerous Comic-Con appearances throughout March as a precaution.
The spread of the coronavirus has also had an impact on Hollywood productions. Sony closed three of its offices as a precautionary measure after an employee traveled to an infected area and the release date the James Bond film No Time to Die was pushed back from April to November due to the impact of the coronavirus on overseas markets.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Emerald City Comic Con and the impact of the coronavirus on fan events as it develops.