KEY POINTS

  • Emerald City Comic Con has been postponed due to coronavirus scare
  • The convention is shifted to this summer
  • The organizers are looking to secure a new date

The Emerald City Comic Con has been postponed to a later month due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Organizers of the convention released a statement on their official website.

Emerald City Comic Con was scheduled for March 12-15, 2020, at the Washington State Convention Center.

However, Reedpop, the company that owns Emerald City Comic Con, decided to postpone the event to this summer. Further details regarding the date will be announced in the future.

“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,” the statement said.

Reedpop stated that it did everything as planned to run Emerald City Comic Con, but it has to follow the guidelines set by the local health officials.

“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,” the statement added.

The fans who bought tickets to attend the convention will get a refund. The ticket holders are assured that they will receive their refund in 30 days.

The company mentioned in the statement that it is working closely with the Washington State Convention Center and Visit Seattle to lock alternate dates in summer 2020.

Apart from Emerald City Comic Con, various other events are either canceled or postponed to avoid the spread of coronavirus, KUOW reported. The Langston Producers Symposium, which was scheduled for March 7, was postponed. Elsewhere, the Seattle Improvised Music Festival, set for March 11-15, has been canceled.

Coronavirus has spread across the world and taken 3,507 lives. Close to 103,168 people are infected with the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, a U.S. Marine in Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus. Jonathon Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman, tweeted on March 8.

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