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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Tracking coronavirus: Anaheim Convention Center update

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 25, 2020) — Anaheim Convention Center, owned and operated by the city of Anaheim, remains closed to the public while staff continues to work to reschedule events, book events for 2021 and beyond and play a leading role in the recovery of Anaheim’s visitor industry when the time is right.

The convention center closed on March 12, following California’s initial public gatherings policy issued on March 11.

It remains closed under California’s March 19 order to stay at home for all but essential work, shopping and other critical activities. The stay-at-home order is in effect until further notice, so we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

“Along with Anaheim’s theme parks and sports venues, the Anaheim Convention Center has risen to the challenge of coronavirus,” Mayor Harry Sidhu said. “As part of the economic lifeblood of our city, the closure of the convention center hasn’t been easy. We know the impact is being felt by workers, hotels, restaurants, shops, suppliers, exhibit providers and many others. While we continue to address the coronavirus challenge every day, we are also looking to the future, which is bright. Anaheim Convention Center will play a leading role in our economic recovery plan.”

As of late March, the Anaheim Convention Center has seen 16 cancellations of conferences, corporate gatherings and youth sporting events under California’s directives.

The convention center is working to reschedule 18 events, including conventions, for later in 2020.

All convention center events for April and March have been canceled or postponed. We are also seeing events for May and June deferred at the decision of organizers, who are acting out of an abundance of caution and awaiting further direction from state officials on public gatherings.

While closed, Anaheim Convention Center continues basic operations with a limited staff. The convention center stands ready to host events when cleared to do so in coming weeks.

We also stand ready to host shows later this year, including BlizzCon 2020 scheduled for late October and early November, and the OC Auto Show, set for September.

The Anaheim Convention Center also continues to book events for 2021 and beyond.

Once we get through the peak of the coronavirus outbreak and are cleared to operate, we will continue to follow best practices for public health, including regular cleaning and disinfection of door handles, hand rails and other commonly touched surfaces.

The convention center also works closely with Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s emergency medical services division to safeguard the health of event organizers, exhibitors and attendees.

“With NAMM, VidCon, Blizzcon and other conventions, the Anaheim Convention Center brings people together to share their passions,” Mayor Sidhu said. “Our conferences help advance medicine, science and professions. Shows such as the OC Auto Show and Natural Products Expo help connect companies with customers. When the time is right, the return of the Anaheim Convention Center will not only lift our economy but will also help our region and nation emerge stronger.”

Here is a partial list of events that have been postponed or canceled:

Conventions

  • Natural Products Expo West 2020: 
    • March 4-7
    • 85,000 attendees in a typical year, projected to be 35,000 before deciding to defer on March 2
    • Looking at alternative event later this year
  • WonderCon Anaheim 
    • April 10-12
    • 50,000 attendees
    • Looking to reschedule
  • VidCon 2020
    • June 17-20
    • 30,000 attendees
    • Looking to reschedule

 Conferences

  • California Dental Association
    • May 14-16
    • 30,000 attendees
    • Canceled
  • AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2020: 
    • March 28-April 1
    • 14,000 attendees
    • Canceled
  • 2020 Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting:
    • March 16-18
    • 6,000 attendees
    • Canceled

Sports

  • United Spirit Association All Stars Championships 2020 (cheer)
    • March 20-21
    • 28,000 attendees
    • Canceled
  • USA Fencing
    • March 13-15
    • 2,500 attendees
    • Canceled

You can learn more at Anaheim.net/coronavirus.



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