SXSW Canceled due to Coronavirus; Local Disaster Declaration Declared by Austin, TX Mayor

SXSW Canceled
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SXSW Canceled

SXSW canceled due to coronavirus. As the coronavirus impact on the economy hits the tech and entertainment sectors yet again, this time it comes to Austin, Tx. Hard. And this time in the tech/entertainment annual mega-event of SXSW in Austin, Tx.

Techcrunch details:

 SXSW has officially announced it will cancel its tech and music conference slated for March 13th to 22nd in Austin, TX due to concerns around coronavirus . . . I’ve gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city and associated with that, have issued an order that effectively cancels SXSW” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler at a press conference today.

SXSW writes that it will follow the Mayor’s order and cancel its conference. “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. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ.” It’s unclear if attendees or sponsors will receive refunds.

Interim health authority for Austin Dr Mark Escott said that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, but called the cancellation a “proactive step in preparing this community for this storm.” He said that because people would be spending long periods of time near each other at panels and concerts, and because some registered attendees hail from international and domestic areas with COVID-19 exposure, cancelling SXSW was the right move…

SXSW is known as a central gathering point for the tech, music, and media industries who gather to learn from each other while enjoying the Texas weather, beer, and barbecue […]

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