San Diego Comic-Con canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

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For the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled.

Organizers of the annual event announced Friday that the celebration of pop culture will no longer take place in July due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. The show will return in 2021.

“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and although we are saddened to take this measure, we know it is the right decision,” said organization spokesperson David Glanzer in a statement.

The organization said Governor Gavin Newsom made it clear that it would not be prudent to go ahead with the convention this year.

“The prospect of mass rallies is negligible at best until we get collective immunity and get a vaccine,” Newsom said in a press briefing on Tuesday. “So the large-scale events that bring together hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers across all imaginable differences, health and otherwise, are not on the cards according to our current guidelines and our current expectations. “

While not the largest comic book convention in the United States, the San Diego Comic-Con, often called SDCC, is one of the most prestigious in the entertainment world. Here, Hollywood unveils new projects, teases upcoming movies, and announces new cast members to hit movie shows and franchises.

Each year, approximately 135,000 participants pass through the San Diego Convention Center during the four-day convention.

The San Diego tourism group estimates that $ 88 million is directly spent by attendees during the conference and $ 149 million has an impact on the region’s economy.

WonderCon Anaheim, another convention hosted by the organization behind San Diego Comic-Con, has also been canceled from its date of April 2020 and will return in March 2021.

People who bought badges for Comic-Con 2020 will be able to request a refund or transfer those badges to Comic-Con 2021, the organization said.

Badge holders should expect to receive an email next week with instructions on how to get a refund or transfer their tickets. Likewise, exhibitors will also have this option.

Read all of CNBC’s coronavirus coverage here.

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