Louisiana Comic Con 2020 has been canceled due to an abundance of caution over the novel coronavirus.
Organizers posted the following statement on their Facbeook page Thursday afternoon:
"It is with a heavy heart but sound mind that we have decided to cancel Louisiana Comic Con for 2020 out of an abundance of caution. We have spent the better part of the past few days monitoring other events, speaking with officials at the Cajundome, reading updates on government and news articles, and watching the Governor's press conferences in regards to COVID-19 information.
Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency in Louisiana on Wednesday as the number of new coronavirus cases in the state continued to grow. With most St. Patrick's Day festivals canceled, major sporting leagues canceling their seasons, KISS canceling their event at the same venue as ours, and NCAA tournaments being held with no spectators, the general consensus was to remain calm, but also be extremely vigilant and cautious.
Please understand that no decision like this is made lightly, but know it's being done for the greater good of not only everyone involved with the event, but for the community at large. The only way to combat COVID-19 is to reduce exposure for everyone to it, and by putting on such a large event we run the risk of exposing people, albeit unknowingly, to a virus that may affect their loved ones. We also understand the financial impact that this decision will cause, but again we believe that for the greater good, we are forced to cancel.
In the coming days and weeks, please be cognizant of your neighbors, what is going on around you, and the information that is being released about COVID-19.
The Louisiana Department of Health has opened a coronavirus hotline, accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for anyone with questions at 1-855-523-2652.
REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED FROM POINT OF PURCHASE. IF YOU BOUGHT ONLINE, IT HAS TO BE HANDLED ONLINE. IF YOU PURCHASED AT THE BOX OFFICE, THEY WILL HANDLE IT."
Several other events across Acadiana have been canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 concerns. Find a full list HERE.