Concerns over COVID-19 are high for most of us in the convention scene right now, but they run even higher in places like Seattle, WA. ReedPop’s Emerald City Comic Con os scheduled for just over a week from now (March 12-15), and some who would normally attend are considering staying home this year.
Recognizing the situation we’re in, ECCC’s management has decided to relax their “no refunds” policy for those concerned with the ongoing coronavirus situation, and released a statement earlier today:
The evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and developments in and around the city of Seaמּle have most certainly been at the forefront of our minds as Emerald City Comic Con approaches. Our customer base is central to all Reedpop decisions, and this scenario is no different. We value all of your voices and the spectrum of feedback that we have been receiving. Knowing that no two fans are alike, we have decided to make an exception to our no refunds ticket policy for our fans who are unable or uncomfortable aמּending Emerald City Comic Con in light of current events.
Honestly this is a complicated situation, and I’m glad ECCC is taking this step. I really think every con needs to be looking at their coronavirus plan, because this is definitely not just going to go away (like many of us had hoped). Conventions are full weekends of people in close proximity, and this year I don’t think any of us will be making “con plague” jokes.
Be safe — and wash your hands.
Update (3/6 3:45pm): Emerald City Comic Con has officially announced that they are postponing their 2020 event.
After many hours of conversation internally & 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 & detail announcement forthcoming. Read more at https://t.co/ahL1TOmHLF #ECCC2020 pic.twitter.com/qq3ZnDPXWb
— Emerald City Comic Con (@emeraldcitycon) March 6, 2020