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Mississippi Comic Con rescheduled over concern for safety caused by COVID-19, MSDH advisement, and current Mississippi Executive Orders

For Immediate Release – May 17, 2020

Mississippi Comic Con has been canceled for 2020 due to an abundance of caution for our attendees, guests, vendors, artists, and volunteers and the uncertainty in scheduling and planning caused by COVID-19 and the issuance of Mississippi Executive Order No. 1477 (and amended with No. 1478), which upholds the previous Executive Order No. 1463, which stated: “All public and private social and non-essential gatherings in groups of more than 10 people in a single space at the same time where individuals are in close proximity (less than 6 ft.) to each other shall be cancelled or rescheduled.”

On May 8th, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves extended the statewide Safer At Home order with Executive Order No. 1480. However, no changes were made to the restrictions on gatherings at this time, which has forced AVC Conventions and the management at the Mississippi Fair Commission to agree to cancel the event for the safety of the public.

In a letter to Mississippi Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Andy Gipson, Dr. Thomas Dobbs (Mississippi Dept. of Health State Health Officer, member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists) stated, “Mass gatherings, such as conventions or other mass gatherings that will have limited opportunity for appropriate social distancing, will need to be canceled or postponed at least through the month of June; although we suspect that such activities are unlikely to be safe throughout the entire summer. Currently, indoor gatherings of over 20 people are not permitted.”

“Because of the uncertainty surrounding the current state order and the overall lack of certainty surrounding the safety of our patrons, guests, vendors, and staff for Mississippi Comic Con, we are forced to cancel our 2020 event. After speaking extensively with the management at the Trade Mart, and advisement from the Mississippi State Department of Health, we have rescheduled Mississippi Comic Con for June 26-27, 2021. We are in the process of trying to re-book some of this year’s guests for those dates but nothing is certain at this time,” said AVC Conventions co-owner Greg Hanks.

Refunds for Mississippi Comic Con will begin to be processed immediately for attendees, vendors, and artists. No action is needed to begin this process.

For answers to questions about COVID-19, please call 1-877-978-6453.