The FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention is unlikely to happen this year due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Utah, the convention said Friday.
“Unless we see a significant reduction in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the next couple of weeks, we do not feel it is in the best interest of the community and the attendees for us to continue with the plan to have the event this year. Keeping the safety of everyone at the event is always our top priority,” a post on the convention’s website states.
Utah saw 596 new cases from Friday with five new deaths, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic started to 23,866 cases out of 356,636 tested, which is a 6.7% positive rate, the Deseret News reported.
The convention said it will automatically rollover FanX 2020 tickets and perks to the FanX 2021 event.
If the 2021 event doesn’t happen, the convention said it “will allow you to use the tickets for another future event or gift them to another party. If none of these options work, you can contact customer support where we will work with you to find another solution.”
However, FanX left the possibility open for an event in September 2020.
“We are preparing to have plenty of safety features in effect and are working with health professionals to take as many safety precautions as possible. We are still preparing details of what this might look like for attendees, and we will continue to monitor COVID-19 best practices at that time for events,” according to the post.
Back in April, FanX founder and president Dan Farr told the Deseret News he did not expect to cancel or postpone the convention.
“We’re still anxiously awaiting the September event. With fingers crossed, all intentions to the positive direction it’s going to go on without a hitch and, you know, potentially could be our best event ever because I think that there’s a hunger for people to want to get together. Just right now, we can’t, but we all miss it,” Farr said.
He continued, “Having an opportunity to do that, I think it’s gonna be something that people are going to jump on if they feel safe. That’s gonna be the factor. We’re gonna do what we can to help create a safe as possible environment.”