Update, Friday, March 6: Emerald City Comic Con finally postpones event, bowing to backlash amid coronavirus outbreak
Emerald City Comic Con organizer Reedpop has relaxed its usual no-refund policy for attendees wishing to cancel their tickets, but will continue to hold this year’s event in Seattle despite ongoing concerns over the COVID virus. -19.
Following Monday’s announcement that the convention would go ahead as planned, ECCC management will provide a refund form to fans who do not wish to attend due to the risks of contracting or transmitting the coronavirus. Attendees must mail their ticket back to receive a refund.
“Knowing that no two fans are the same, we have decided to make an exception to our no-refund ticket policy for our fans who cannot or are not comfortable attending Emerald. City Comic Con in light of current events,” Reedpop wrote in A press release.
“At Reedpop, we remain dedicated to running Emerald City Comic Con,” the statement continued, “but understand that not everyone will be comfortable with this decision; if you wish to forgo attending this year’s edition of Emerald City Comic Con, we absolutely respect your wishes and will refund your ticket purchase.
Reedpop said staff members who decide not to attend the convention due to COVID-19 will receive similar considerations. “The staff are also a part of this event and we will respect their personal preferences.”
The ECCC, held annually since 2003, is a major event for the American comics industry, with many artists and writers coming from across the country to attend panels and set up booths. The 2019 show attracted 98,000 attendees over four days.
But with event organizers canceling events around the world and Seattle as the epicenter of the US coronavirus, some have called on Reedpop to cancel ECCC.
Emerald City Comic Con organizers say Seattle convention will go ahead as planned https://t.co/X3eBByNQfO Going through @GeekWire // Bordering on criminal. The mayor should do something. There must be a license to revoke. Also, the screening is not a test with a potential 14-day onset.
—Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi) March 4, 2020
Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files), Kate Leth (My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Hellcat, Vampirella), Jen Bartel (Blackbird, many covers for Marvel), Jim Zub (Rick and Morty, Uncanny Avengers, Skullkickers), and Seattle-area author AJ Hackwith (The library of the unwritten).
ReedPOP previously said it will be implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection throughout the salon.
Seattle-King County public health officials today reported 10 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including one additional death. This brings the total for King County to 31 confirmed cases, with nine deaths. An additional death was reported in nearby Snohomish Countyand California reported its first coronavirus-related death today.