It's official, San Diego Comic-Con is canceled due to COVID-19, a first for the popular convention in 50 years! While this should come as no surprise given all of the major cancellations leading up to this point, including that of Gamescom and E3 2020, the delayed news has officially confirmed what many anticipated: no SDCC 2020 this year.
The showcase was meant to go down in July, like normal, from July 23 through July 26. Unfortunately, despite the optimism of notable leadership, it doesn't look like this threat will be over any time soon. With the continued spread of COVID-19 imposing mandatory quarantines, the last thing any country affected needs is a massive public event at max capacity.
“Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California has made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year,” revealed the event's organizers in a prepared statement. The team also mentioned that WonderCon Anaheim, which was expected to run from April 10 through 12, will return March 26 through March 28 of next year.
Additionally, COVID-19 has also impacted the major renovation planned for Balboa Park's Federal Building, an activation that the SDCC event planners had in the works for a grand opening of the exciting Comic-Con museum. The launch was expected to happen in 2021, but those renovation efforts have also been put on pause until the pandemic can be wrangled in regarding public safety.
For those that purchased San Diego Comic-Con 2020 tickets, the organizers are offering a few different options! The first option is to request a refund with a secondary option to transfer their 2020 badges for attendance for the 2021 showcase. Those that purchased their tickets can expect an email detailing all of the steps needed to take to pivot due to the cancellation news.
While this news is heartbreaking and disappointing, it is ultimately the right call. Public safety comes first and we won't be able to move forward if businesses and individuals alike don't do their part.
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