Amid speculation regarding the cancellation of Star Wars Celebration 2020 convention organizer ReedPop released a statement.
It read in part:
Reed Exhibitions is actively and continuously monitoring the COVID-19 virus outbreak in line with local, state and federal authorities and public health advice, including that of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Our policies reflect the travel restrictions and guidelines of the United States government.
Please check the event website for up to date information about an event. With regard to the COVID-19 virus, our position remains unchanged: the health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors and staff is our number one priority.
The statement goes on to discuss COVID-19 safety, but nothing regarding cancellation of Celebration or any other event. They give caution to possible attendees, though:
If you have any concerns that you may get caught up in an inbound or outbound quarantine, or are feeling unwell, you may want to reconsider your attendance at the event.
Customers who wish to participate in our events and who are not impacted by travel restrictions are free to do so. Travel advice and entry guidelines varies from country to country. Our event attendees are encouraged to check the latest travel advice and entry guidelines for their home country and the United States before making arrangements. The United States has imposed travel restrictions to and from several countries
We are monitoring COVID-19 developments very closely and will follow up with customers as the situation develops.
Despite ReedPop’s noncommital comment it still seems the odds of Star Wars Celebration happening (at least in California) are, at best, 3,720 to 1 given statements made yesterday by California Governor Galvin Newsom
The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. So large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers together across every conceivable difference, health and otherwise, is not in the cards based upon our current guidelines and current expectations.”
You can read ReedPop’s full statement at the Star Wars Celebration website.
Gov. Newsom’s further statements are available via The Mercury News.
Star Wars Action News will keep you updated as further developments are made.