We called them the “Floridaman” of conventions when they announced the show must go on, but Tampa Bay Comic Con has announced that their 2020 show has been canceled. The rising cases of COVID-19 in the state was a concern to organizers. The convention was to take place July 10-12 at the Tampa Convention Centers.
In their announcement, the convention said that city leaders, as well as themselves, felt unease with the show going forward.
Any pre-purchased tickets or purchased booth space for vendors would have their purchases tranferred to next year’s show, slated for July 30 – August 1.
Conventions have been cautious this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic either delaying shows until later in the year or canceling them outright. Then there’s Tampa BayComic Con screaming “Leeroy Jenkins” right into the disease vector that is Florida.
The convention has received a “green light” to go on in July after a confirmation from the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Fire Marshall. The convention takes place July 10-12.
Meausres for the convention include:
Mandatory temperature screenings for all occupants prior to entering the convention center
Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures in high-traffic areas of the convention center
Hand santizing stations through the pre-function space and high traffic areas
Interior occupancy of the exhibit hall, ballrooms and meeting rooms will be strictly limited, with one-way entrances and one-way exits of all interior spaces
Florida currently has 46,944 confirmed cases and 2,052 deaths. That’s 2,463 cases per 1 million individuals, about half of the United State’s current statistic. Hillsborough County, where Tampa Bay is located has 1,670 confirmed cases currently with 60 deaths. That’s about 1,317 cases per 1 million people. There’s also the unknown outbreaks and concern over children and Kawasaki disease which seems to be related to COVID-19 which has been reported in the county the convention takes place.