As expected, DC has officially cancelled their participation at next weekend's Emerald City Comic Con, (ECCC) along with all other planned appearances at cons in the month of March (such as Fan Expo Dallas) due to concerns overs COVID-19.
"As the health and safety of our employees are always our primary concerns, DC staffers will not be attending conventions during the month of March," reads a statement from a DC spokesperson. "Future convention attendance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the latest information from a variety of organizations, including the CDC, WHO, U.S. State Department and local health agencies.”
DC's decision follows parent company WarnerMedia's announced restriction on intra-continental travel to "business-critical needs," along with the cancellations by Dark Horse and Random House and a host of creators earlier Tuesday of their attendance at the March 12-15 event.
Earlier Tuesday, Reed Exhibitions, the parent company of ECCC's organizers ReedPOP, announced the show along with all their planned U.S. events will go ahead as scheduled, despite Coronavirus concerns.
"Please note that our events in the United States are taking place as scheduled and our status with regard to the COVID19 virus remains unchanged: the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our number one priority," reads the exhibition giant's announcement. "Currently, no federal restrictions are in place to prevent conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibitions and travel within the United States
"With the situation evolving rapidly, we strongly urge our exhibitors and visitors to refer to the guidelines and protocols as suggested by the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html) and local /state public health authorities regarding the virus.
It remains to be seen if the withdrawal of major exhibitors and audience draws like DC will result in ReedPOP reconsidering their decision.