Although Los Angeles declared a state of emergency on Wednesday regarding concerns about COVID-19, or the coronavirus, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) said E3 would continue as expected.
E3 2020 will take place from 9 to 11 June 2020 in Los Angeles, but many wondered if, like GDC 2020 before, if ESA would cancel or postpone.
The organization behind the event issued a statement confirming that the event will go on and that it will continue to monitor the situation.
“The health and safety of our participants, exhibitors, partners and staff is our top priority. While ESA continues to plan a safe and successful E3 show June 9-11, 2020, we are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily”, the statement read.
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ESA adds that it will continue to work with the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) on how to mitigate risks to potential entertainment. It also encourages attendees to visit the official LA coronavirus government website for more information.
The state of emergency in Los Angeles was announced after the state reported its first coronavirus-related death, a patient who had tested positive for the disease after returning from a cruise to Mexico. Six new cases were also reported in the city on Tuesday.
This statement, signed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, allows the city to seek help and allocate local resources in anticipation of a rapid response. LA will work to increase its ability to test the virus.
“I want to reiterate that this is not a panicked response,” Kathryn Barger County Supervisor told an information meeting. “We need all the tools at our disposal.”
San Francisco issued a similar state of emergency before GDC was canceled. If E3 is canceled or postponed, we will be sure to see companies switch to digital events. We will be sure to update you if the situation changes. In the meantime, wash your hands.
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