The event cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic continue, as it was today announced that this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which had been scheduled to run July 23rd to 26th, has officially been called off.
This is very unfortunate, as the event brings in millions of dollars for the city of San Diego every year, and the fact that events/tours scheduled months from now continue to be cancelled is unsettling, to say the least.
This is the first time the annual event has been cancelled in its 50-year history.
The official statement regarding the cancellation can be read below.
"For the first time in its 50-year history, the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020."
"Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year."
"SDCC also announced that individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund. Exhibitors for Comic-Con 2020 will also have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to process their request."
"In the next few days onPeak, Comic-Con’s official hotel affiliate, will be canceling all hotel reservations and refunding all deposits made through them. There is no need for anyone who booked through onPeak to take any action, including trying to cancel their reservations online or contacting the company via phone as the process will be handled automatically. Those who booked rooms through onPeak will be notified when refunds have been completed."
"Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision," said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the organization. "We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy."
If the world returns to normal, the 2021 edition of SDCC is scheduled to take place July 22nd to 25th.