Comic-Con International: San Diego is "evaluating any financial liability" that a decision to cancel this year's convention would bring before they make a decision whether to move forward as planned, according to San Diego Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi.
"Based on our knowledge of the event, it will be very difficult for them to have that event in July," Terzi told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "With other events you could do things to keep people separate, but Comic-Con is a whole different animal, it’s a massive sea of people."
According to the newspaper, the Tourism Authority asked more than 50 hotels part of the SDCC hotel block for assurances that "any cancellation fees or penalties for this year’s event be waived as we work through this challenging process." A majority of hotels reportedly agreed to the request.
SDCC's Chief Communications and Strategy Officer David Glanzer said that they hope to make an announcement soon, and are exploring a possible "online component" if the convention is canceled.
"We understand that many stakeholders rely upon our conventions as a major portion of their yearly income and livelihood, but we are truly in uncharted territory," Glazner said. "We do not want to disappoint the people who have saved, planned, and are looking forward to the show this summer, but the primary concern, what is chief among all our concerns, is the health and safety of not only our attendees, but the public as well."