Old Mar 6, 20, 3:54 pm
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: TPE, SF, DC
Programs: UA Lifetime GS 4mm
Posts: 843
SXSW canceled by Austin City Emergency Decree

Even though many high profile corporate attendees canceled this 73k person event, organizers had refused to cancel. Austin City government exercised leadership to invoke emergency decree to force event cancel (hoping to avert/mitigate Coronavirus in Austin, where there is none yet).

I hope Seattle City government announce similar emergency decree to force cancel of Comcon, whose organizers refuse to cancel 100k person event even though Seattle already is in midst of large Coronavirus outbreak.

City governments in other current outbreak zones (LA, Santa Clara, SF, NYC, etc.) are wrestling (hesitating) with immediate economic impact of canceling mass gathering events, against mitigating Coronavirus cases. But every 6 day delay (commonly observed case propagation) is another doubling of potential cases.

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