COVID-19 is continuing to change how the state holds large gatherings. And now, San Diego's Comic-Con 2020 has been canceled for the first time in 50 years. The annual pop-culture event was scheduled to take place this summer from July 23-26.
The event's spokesperson, David Glanzer, said, "Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision."
He went on to say, "we eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”
Those who have already purchased badges for Comic-Con's 2020 entry will be refunded. You can also transfer your badges for 2021. Emails will be sent out to badge holders to explain the process.
The new event will be held in San Diego from July 22-25, 2021.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that 135,000 people attended San Diego's celebration last year. While it launched as a relatively small comics event during the 1970s, it has grown to include major Hollywood blockbusters and films and has become a globally-recognized sensation.
Comic-Con's official hotel affiliate onPeak will also be canceling all hotel reservations made and refunding deposits for guests automatically.
In addition to the event changes, Comic-Con is also planning a major renovation for Balboa Park’s Federal Building for its grand museum opening in 2021. According to the official website, COVID-19 has affected those endeavors as well.
WonderCon in Anaheim has also been suspended this year. It will now be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26-28, 2021.
This year's cancellations came shortly after California Governor Gavin Newsom's March 19 stay-at-home orders. Newsom also required gatherings of more than 250 attendees to be canceled or moved to prevent the spread of COVID-19 across the state.