Wondercon will not move forward as scheduled in April due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak but as of now San Diego Comic Con is still scheduled…
Wondercon — the annual pop culture event in Anaheim, California — has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Organizers behind the event announced the news on Thursday after California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order banning mass gatherings over 250 people in the state. As of Friday, 198 people in California have tested positive for coronavirus with four deaths.
“To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or cancelled,” Comic-Con organizers said in a statement. “Comic-Con (organizer of WonderCon) will abide by this recommendation. Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date.”
While Wondercon has been postponed indefinitely, Comic-Con has yet to make any decisions regarding San Diego Comic Con, which takes place in July. That event is regarded as one of the largest pop culture conventions on the planet with more than 135,000 people attending the show at the San Diego Convention Center.
“We continue to work closely with officials in San Diego and at this time no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer; July 23-26, 2020,” officials wrote.
“We urge everyone to follow the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health officials.”
Wondercon is just the latest event to face cancellation due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Major sports leagues like the NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer have also suspended play as a result of the spread of the disease. Numerous concerts and other events such as the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle have also been postponed or cancelled with governors across the United States issuing orders to cut down on mass gatherings, which leads to further spread of the disease.