AceShowbiz - WonderCon Anaheim is another public event to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Following California Gov. Gavin Newsom's ban on any public gathering of more than 250 people, Comic-Con International has officially announced that the event will be postponed indefinitely.
A statement released on Thursday, March 12 read, "To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or canceled. Comic-Con (organizer of WonderCon) will abide by this recommendation."
"Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date," the statement continued. "We will begin processing refunds in the coming days."
Comic-Con International, which also organizes the annual San Diego Comic-Con, also addressed the status of the largest fan convention in the country, but so far no change has been made to the event's dates. "We continue to work closely with officials in San Diego and at this time no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer; July 23-26, 2020," it stated. "We urge everyone to follow the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health officials."
Following California Governor's recommendation, Disneyland announced that it would close from March 14 until the end of the month. A Disney spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday, "While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California's executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month."
Entertainment business in New York has also been affected by coronavirus, which has been declared a global pandemic by WHO, with Broadway announcing that all shows and plays would shut down from March 12 until April 12. Meanwhile, "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "The Wendy Williams Show" will shut down productions from Friday, March 13 until further notice.