It’s more #CoronavirusCalifornia – Business disruptions start to come into focus in the Untied States as the economic impacts of the ever-spreading COVID-19 coronavirus continue adding up.
Today’s news out of California includes word in the gaming and tech industries that both PlayStation and Facebook have canceled plans to attend the Game Developers Conference, a huge convention in San Francisco scheduled for March 16-20. Also, AT&T has pulled out of the RSA Conference scheduled at the Moscone Center next week.
All this as roughly 7,000 travelers in California are “self-quarantining”
PlayStation pulls out of Game Developers Conference: “We have made the difficult decision to cancel our participation in Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus),” a spokeswoman said in a statement. “We felt this was the best option as the situation related to the virus and global travel restrictions are changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern. We look forward to participating in GDC in the future.”
Facebook withdraws from Game Developers Conference in SF: Facebook said in a blog post that it would not attend the conference, a major gaming industry convention March 16-20, due to coronavirus concerns. “The health of our employees and the wider games community comes before anything else,” the company said.
AT&T pulls out of SF conference: AT&T will no longer attend the RSA Conference, a major cybersecurity event at San Francisco’s Moscone Center next week, due to coronavirus concerns. “We understand and respect their decision,” a bulletin on the conference website read, noting that cancellations represent a minimal number of attendees. The conference opens on Monday.
Nearly 7,000 travelers in CA asked to monitor, isolate themselves: Federal officials suggested to more than 6,700 travelers who have returned to California after Feb. 2 from China, outside of Hubei Province, to “monitor their health, stay home and limit interactions with others as much as possible,” California Department of Public Health officials said. […]