The spread of the novel coronavirus has certainly taken its toll on the entertainment industry. Studios have been forced to shut down the production of major film and television projects. Movie releases have been delayed. Major events have been canceled.
Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to raze the planet, Star Wars fans are wondering whether the Star Wars Celebration might see a delay.
Sure, the Star Wars convention might be scheduled this August in Anaheim, California, but there's still no assurance when we'll successfully flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus. We can't be certain that the pandemic is going to wane by summer's time.
Speaking with the media in a press conference (via ComicBook.com), California Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the potential future of mass gatherings, and unless there's going to be a vaccine soon, then large scale events are still aren't "in the cards."
"The prospect of mass gatherings is negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and we get to a vaccine. Large scale events that bring in hundreds, thousand, tens of thousands of strangers..is not in the cards," Newsom told the press.
While this isn't a confirmation of an official restriction over in California, we can't help but understand that this announcement may very well affect Star Wars Celebration this year. The government wouldn't want to risk the unnecessary spread of the novel coronavirus by allowing mass gatherings until scientists finally find a vaccine for COVID-19.
Of course, Celebration isn't the only major event that's going to be affected by the virus. There's also the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con in July. We can only hope that things turn up by the time that summer rolls in.