Corona Virus Breakdown – SXSW 2020 Gets Cancelled

The annual music, tech and film meetup arranged in downtown Austin, is one of the most important conferences that might be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, and just a few days before it was slated to start. In the history of 34 years of this event, it’s a first-time such thing is happening. The festival was about to be happening from the 13th March to 22nd and yet, Mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, announced that with an increasing number of high-profile speakers at the event, we are canceling the event looking at the increasing public health issues.

“I’ve issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest,” Adler mentioned calling out the emergency commanded on Friday over the coronavirus. The order will almost surely be a severe blow to the city’s economy, as SXSW takes in hundreds of millions of dollars in travel, tickets, and other revenue currents every year. Last year, the festival earned around $355.9 million for the city of Austin, SXSW said in November.

The private organization that looks after the SXSW hasn’t yet published the details about refunds to be made. But, they have stated on Twitter that this decision was solely made by authorities and it has nothing to do with it. But the festival might happen at the end of the year or somewhere near. The cancellation note on the website reads “We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU,”

There were around half a million people expected at the event and it becomes a nice decision taken by Authorities to cancel the event amidst the events of the outbreak. As the coronavirus cases in the USA are on the rise, the situation is becoming more complicated. So far, at least 11 people are dead and it is spreading widely in parts like California and New York.

SXSW is the latest conference to be held just like any other events around the world like Mobile World Congress, The Game Developers Conference, Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference, Google’s Cloud Next Conference, etc.

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