The latest casualty of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 is Anime Boston 2020. The event, which was scheduled for April 10 to 12, was officially called off this weekend.
As the con’s chair wrote in the announcement:
As you may be aware, Governor Charlie Baker recently announced a ban on all gatherings of 250 people or more in Massachusetts. This ban is set with no current end date, until the governor announces otherwise. With Anime Boston 2020 scheduled for less than four weeks from now, it is highly likely this ban will still be in place. Given the uncertainty around these new circumstances, we have no choice but to cancel Anime Boston 2020.
The chair went on to write that one idea was to delay rather than cancel the con, but that a delay would cut into efforts to plan for Anime Boston 2021.
Those who are pre-registered for 2020 will automatically be registered for 2021. Those who might have paid more for 2020 than they would on early bird rates for 2021 will be compensated with coupons for the Anime Boston merch booth.
The full announcement also includes information on how to cancel hotel rooms, details on the artists’ alley, dealers’ room and more.
It’s a sad announcement for east coast anime fans, but with public health on the line, it only makes sense. And hey, us anime fans are already pros at meeting up online!