The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having major repercussions around the world, impacting travel, global economics and more Many major conventions and gatherings have already been canceled due to travel and large gathering-related concerns, and CinemaCon 2020 has just joined the roster.
“It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of CinemaCon 2020,” NATO President John Fithian and CinemaCon organizer Mitch Neuhauser said in a joint statement. “Each spring, motion picture exhibitors, distributors and industry partners from around the world meet in Las Vegas to share information and celebrate the moviegoing experience. This year, due to the travel ban from the European Union, the unique travel difficulties in many other areas of the world and other challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, a significant portion of the worldwide motion picture community is not able to attend CinemaCon.”
A statement from the World Health Organization on March 7 noted the number of cases of COVID-19 had surpassed 100,000 globally. The statement also reminds readers that “the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities…such as working across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care, following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge in patients, and training health workers.”