SXSW Canceled Due To Coronavirus Scare

As the deadly Coronavirus surges across the globe, it’s impact is now affecting events/shows. The popular Austin attraction known as SXSW 2020 has been canceled.


Local government officials announced the update at a news conference Friday afternoon discussing the status of the outbreak and events in the city. Austin Mayor Steve Adler said he had declared a local disaster in the city and issued an order canceling the conference.

In a statement on its website, SXSW said it would “faithfully follow the City’s directions.”

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” organizers wrote on the SXSW website. “‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

Austin officials said there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, where Austin is located. But confirmed cases around the world passed 100,000 Friday

In the blog post, organizers did not mention any details about refunds for badges, which range in cost from $1,395 to $1,725.

The conference had been scheduled to take place between March 13 and 22. In recent days, Facebook, Intel, Twitter and TikTok had pulled out of the conference as large corporations limited travel for employees amid the virus outbreak.

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