The Anime Expo Is Not Canceled, What Now?
Wednesday, 22 April 2020

 Despite the cancelation of several anime conventions not just in Japan but throughout the world, the organizers of the anime expo have announced that the event will push through in Los Angeles, California, on July 2-5.

 California is included in the top 5 states with the most number of coronavirus cases. However, Los Angeles has managed to stem the tide by announcing a lockdown almost immediately. They managed to control the infection, although it severely impacted the local economy. 

Right now, LA, where the anime expo 2020 is going to be held, is not included in the hotspots. Meaning, it is not one of the high-risk areas in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases for every 1,000 people.

What Now?

The news about Anime Expo 2020 is huge. For one, it is one of the major anime conventions in the world today. For instance, in 2019, the event drew more than 350,000 participants in four days or an average of 87,500 per day.

Ray Chiang, the CEO of the Society of Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), said in a statement that organizing an event like the Anime Expo 2020 involves a lot of moving parts. Right after the Anime Expo 2019, the organizers immediately started planning for this year’s activity. 

As such, it is not easy to simply cancel the event even with the threat of the coronavirus. However, it does not mean that the SJPA and the organizers are not making daily assessments of what is happening not just in the United States, but the rest of the world, as well. 

As you might expect, the event attracts fans from other countries who take advantage of the anime expo to also see the local sights. The attendance would be severely impacted if the other countries will continue to prohibit air travel.

Health Tips for Anime Expo Attendees

Here are some tips to minimize the risk of contacting the coronavirus:

1. Wear mask -- Make sure to wear N95 or medical mask that can filter the virus. While inhaling the virus is slim when you are outdoors, the risks increase inside the venue, in cramped conditions.

2. Always wash your hands -- Clean your hands with detergent soap and water for 20 seconds or an equivalent of two Happy Birthday songs. 

3. Do not put your hands on the mouth, nose, eyes, and face. This one is self-explanatory. Make sure to wash your hands first or sanitize it with 70% isopropyl or ethyl alcohol.

4. Boost your immune system -- Get preferably 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  Also, drink plenty of Vitamin C with Zinc, Vitamin E, and multivitamins.

5. Avoid thick crowds -- The recommended distance is one to two meters, although it would be hard with events like the anime expo, which draws thousands of fans. Use your good sense on how to protect yourself. 

Making the event safe for participants

Chiang said their main objective right now is to come up with safety protocols to ensure that the event would be safe for the participants. With thousands in attendance, the risks are clearly high. He said that they are taking note of the concerns of the attendees, and they will go on to work hard to ensure that the Anime Expo 2020 would not be only fun but a safe environment, as well. 

With that said, do not be surprised if the organizers will cancel the Anime Expo 2020 if things do not get better. Just wait for future announcements, particularly on possible refunds if you already paid in advance.
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