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COVID-19

With conventions cancelling or postponing soon before their scheduled dates, here's a special page for updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cancellations | Postponements | Statements

Back to the live 2020 calendar.


The Arizona Department of Health Services has a page up with the latest information on COVID-19 in Arizona (azdhs.gov).

Official city statements can be found here: Chandler | Glendale | Phoenix | Scottsdale | Tempe | Tucson

Cancellations



Arizona Game Fair

Cancelled on 29th April.

Arizona Game Fair was originally scheduled for the weekend of 20th-22nd March, which was during the initial lockdown, so was rescheduled to the Labor Day weekend of 4th-7th September. On 29th April, it was cancelled altogether, its statement including:

"In an effort to minimize financial problems, the City of Mesa have shut down many of their facilities through October, including the Library and Art Center. While they have not included the Convention Center, they could not guarantee to us that they wouldn't. As you can imagine it is very difficult to plan an event when the facility may not be even be open. With this new reality, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Arizona Game Fair for 2020."

That statement can be read here (arizonagamefair.com) (or in this archived image).




Athoria-Con

Cancelled on 13th March.

Athoria-Con was scheduled for the weekend of 28th-29th March. The organisers cancelled on 13th March with this statement:

"Dear Gamers. We have made the decision to cancel Athoria Con 2020 in person event. We will have a couple online events happenings (live stream D&D anyone?) so stay tuned. We love our community and wish everyone health and safety in the coming months."

That statement can be read here (facebook.com) (or in this archived image).




Cirque du Livre

Cancelled on 13th March.

Cirque du Livre was scheduled for the weekend of 24th-26th April. The organisers cancelled on 13th March with this statement:

"This announcement is to share that we have decided to go ahead and cancel the 2020 Cirque du Livre Conference. Unrelated to the recent health concerns, we have struggled to pull together an organizing committee to make the event as effective as we would like." "Once the current situation has been alleviated, we will look to build a new organizing committee for the 2021 Festival and put it back on the schedule."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (anthology.org) (or in this archived image).




CoKoCon

Cancelled on 29th May.

CoKoCon was scheduled for the Labor Day weekend of 4th to 7th September. The organisers cancelled on 29th May with this statement:

"With great sadness, we're announcing the cancellation of CoKoCon 2020, which would have taken place over the Labor Day weekend. Our chief concern is always for the people who make CoKoCon such a special place: our guests, our participants, our members and our staff. At this time, we have to acknowledge that we'll be unable to guarantee a safe and healthy environment for everyone, so it's our duty to cancel CoKoCon 2020 and shift our focus to CoKoCon 2021."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (cokocon.org) (or in this archived image).




Fandomania

Cancelled by 30th March.

Fandomania was scheduled for Saturday, 8th August. The organisers's statement isn't dated but was on their website by 30th March, stating simply that "Fandomania 2020 has been cancelled, but we will be back for 2021."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (wixsite.com) (or in this archived image).




Game On Expo

Cancelled on 20th May.

Game On Expo was scheduled for the weekend of 7th to 9th August. The organisers "postponed" the 2020 event until 2021, which effectively means that it's cancelled, as they don't follow any sort of numbering. "Given the current uncertain trajectory of this pandemic, we feel that we would not be able to put on a quality event for 2020."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (facebook.com) (or in this archived image).




LepreCon

Cancelled on 20th March.

LepreCon was scheduled for the weekend of 10th to 12th April. The organisers cancelled on 20th March, stating that "There needs to be a falloff in corona cases and a halt to the disruptions before we can do any planning about LepreCon's future. There is a possibility the current convention may be rescheduled later in the year. If this turns out not to be feasible, there is always next year."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (leprecon.org) (or in this archived image).




Maricopa Con

Cancelled on 17th June.

Maricopa Con was scheduled for the weekend of 21st to 23rd August. The organisers cancelled on 17th June, stating that "Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, and especially in Arizona, we have postponed MaricopaCon until 2021."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (facebook.com) (or in this archived image).




Payson Book Festival

Cancelled on 7th May.

Payson Book Festival was scheduled for Saturday, 18th July. The organisers cancelled on 7th May, following a survey sent to volunteers and authors. "The health and safety of our volunteers, authors, and guests is of paramount importance to us. We encourage you to mark your 2021 calendar for the next festival. Stay well, everyone."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (paysonbookfestival.org) (or in this archived image).




Phoenix Fan Fusion

Cancelled on 29th June.

Phoenix Fan Fusion was initially scheduled for their usual Memorial Day weekend of 21st to 24th May, but postponed on 25th March to a shorter weekend of 25th to 27th September. The organisers eventually cancelled entirely on 29th June, with a plan to return in May 2021.

"Considering the current degree of uncertainty about when mass gatherings can resume, watching the rising cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, and after consulting with the Phoenix Convention Center and City of Phoenix officials, we will not be holding our September 25-27, 2020 convention. While we are as disappointed as we know you are, we feel this is the best option, as the safety and well-being of our attendees and participants is of utmost concern to us."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (phoenixfanfusion.com) (or in this archived image).




Saboten Con

Cancelled on 3rd July.

Saboten Con was initially scheduled for their usual Labor Day weekend of 4th to 7th September, but cancelled on 3rd July with dates announced for 2021.

"Dear Friends and Family, We were really excited for this year's Saboten Con and had so many big plans setup, but unfortunately we are going to have to hold that excitement a bit longer. After many discussions with our internal Senior staff, the Sheraton, and the city of Phoenix, we’ve come to the conclusion that we just don’t feel safe putting on an event of our size on during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority is the safety and health for everyone who attends our shows and we don't feel that is possible this year. We want to thank everyone for their support this year and hope you can keep that excitement going for another year."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (sabotencon.com) (or in this archived image).




Spacefest

Cancelled on 15th May.

Spacefest made a number of statements as they attempted to remain on the schedule but eventually chose on 15th May to not hold this year's event. Effectively, they've cancelled for 2020 and are moving ahead for 2021 but, because they number their events, it's officially a postponement of Spacefest XI from July 2020 to July 2021.

The statement began: "We are NOT canceling Spacefest XI, but we are postponing it, and we look forward to bringing you a bigger, better, healthier Spacefest XI next July 15-18, 2021. With travel bans from other countries to ours, and with the COVID-19 news changing every day, we want to make sure we can provide the experience that you’re used to. Unfortunately, as of this moment, we can’t be sure about anything right now."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (spacefest.info) (or in this archived image).




Tucson Festival of Books

Cancelled on 9th March.

Tucson Festival of Books was scheduled for the weekend of 14th-15th March. Over a hundred authors cancelled because of concerns over COVID-19, so the event cancelled for 2020 on 9th March. This is the largest pop culture event in Arizona with an annual attendance of 135,000. It plans to return in 2021.

The organisers' full statement can be read here (tucsonfestivalofbooks.org) (or in this archived image).




ZapCon

Cancelled on 16th March.

ZapCon was scheduled for the weekend of 25th-26th April. They cancelled on 16th March, stating: "Today, following the guidance of the CDC regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Mesa announced they are closing the Mesa Convention Center through April 30, 2020. This means that Zapcon 8, scheduled for April 25-26th, 2020, is cancelled."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (zapcon.com) (or in this archived image).




Postponements



Arizona Tiki Oasis

Postponed on 14th March.

Arizona Tiki Oasis was scheduled for the weekend of 23rd-26th April. After initially posting a statement that they did not plan to reschedule "unless required by local or federal government to do so", they announced on 14th March that they would reschedule for Hallowe'en weekend.

The organisers' full statement can be read here (facebook.com) (or in this archived image).



Con Nichiwa

Postponed on 1st May.

Con Nichiwa was scheduled for the weekend of 12th-14th June. The organisers announced on 1st May that they would postpone: "After several conversations with the hotel and the recent announcement from the government of Arizona on the stay at home order increased until May 15th, we have decided to postpone Con Nichiwa 2020 until November 20th to the 22nd of this year."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (con-nichiwa.com) (or in this archived image).



ConsimWorld Expo

Postponed on 23rd March.

ConsimWorld Expo was scheduled for the week of 6th-13th June. The organisers announced on 23rd March that they would push their dates back: "Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and projections of limits to travel and social gatherings, we have officially moved the Expo date to August 15-22, 2020 (with early evening set-up starting Fri, Aug 14)."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (consimworld.com) (or in this archived image).



Detonation

Postponed on 2nd April.

Detonation was scheduled for the week of 25th-31st May. The organisers announced on 2nd April that they would postpone: "Covid19 has been brutalizing our country as everyone is well aware. We have been looking for every possible solution to be able to keep our dates unchanged, but it is not possible to do so with how this virus is spreading and how it is impacting people. So, we are going to postpone. Detonation 6 will be moving to August 31-Sept 6."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (facebook.com) (or in this archived image).



Gila Valley Comic Con

Postponed on 16th March.

Gila Valley Comic Con was scheduled for the weekend of 27th-28th March. They announced on 16th March that "Eastern Arizona College, our venue host, has just canceled all large group gatherings through the end of the semester, including concerts, theater productions and athletic events as well", so they'll reschedule for an unknown future date.

The organisers' full statements can be read here (eacourier.com) and here (facebook.com) (or in these archived images).



Mad Monster Party

Postponed on 26th May.

Mad Monster Party was originally scheduled for the weekend of 19th to 21st June but was later rescheduled to the weekend of 9th to 11th October.

"So far, it seems most of our June guests are available for Oct 9th and we will announce the confirmed Oct. guests next week. In this highly politicized time, we are not being cavalier and realize there is a chance October events may be canceled as well. If that is the case, the world has bigger problems than conventions but we aren't giving up on the season of the witch just yet."

The organisers' full statement can be read here (facebook.com) (or in this archived image).




Sneaker Con

Postponed on 12th March.

SneakerCon was scheduled for Saturday, 14th March but, two days out, the organisers chose to reschedule to Saturday, 24th October.

The organisers' full statement can be read here (sneakercon.com) (or in this archived image).




Tucson Zine Fest

Postponed on 1st April.

Tucson Zine Fest was scheduled for Saturday 9th May and, even with everything around it cancelling or postponing, issued a statement that it would go ahead on that date, but, on 1st April, it announced that it would postpone: "We wish that we could physically put a zine in your hand in May, but this is the responsible thing to do. With help from @191toole Tucson Zine Fest 2020 has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 16 from 10AM-5PM. We love you zinesters and hold best wishes for all you and yours during this trying time 💀✌"

That statement can be read here (tucsonzinefest.com) (or in this archived image).




Tucson OddCon

Postponed on an unknown date.

Tucson OddCon was scheduled for Saturday 18th April and postponed late while discussions went on with the venue. The event's website was updated to include "postponed until Fall 2020 due to COVID-19". It actually moved twice, initially to Saturday 24th August and then to Saturday 17th October.

That statement can be read here (whenwhereco.com) (or in this archived image).




Verde Valley Comic Expo

Postponed on 15th March.

Verde Valley Comic Expo was scheduled for Saturday 21st March, but it announced a week out that it would postpone: "Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns, the Cottonwood Public Library will be postponing the Verde Valley Comic Expo to a later date. We will post additional information on the Expo and other library programming as it becomes available."

That statement can be read here (google.com) (or in this archived image).





Statements

A number of other conventions have issued statements about COVID-19 and the current state of uncertainty about whether events will happen. I expect more to follow suit.


TusCon: "We want to express our sincere concern for everyone who has been impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, TusCon will continue as planned in November. However, we are closely monitoring the situation, and we will review and update our actions in accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local governments. Stay safe, and wash those hands!" The source is here (tusconscificon.com).



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