PAX Responds To Sony’s Coronavirus Concerns And Absence This Year
Growing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 (a.k.a. Coronavirus) has put attendees of large events and expos on high alert. In fact, earlier this week, Sony announced a decision to cancel their appearance at PAX East this year. Despite the unfortunate news, the folks behind Penny Arcade are positive about the turnout for the event this year and seem to understand the concerns stemming from the COVID-19 virus and issued a statement on their official website:
“PAX East 2020 will take place as scheduled with enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the
show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging
Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus. We are
working closely with the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and following local, state
and federal public health guidelines, including those issued by the CDC. For more
information on those measures and the virus, please visit the PAX East travel page and the
“While we are saddened that Sony will no longer have a presence at PAX East 2020, we look
forward to welcoming our friends at Sony to future PAX events and are focused on making PAX
East 2020 a successful and enjoyable event for all attendees and exhibitors.
“The well-being of everyone at PAX – from our attendees and exhibitors to our staff on-site at
every show – is of the utmost importance to ReedPOP and Penny Arcade. Across the more than
50 total PAX events around the world, we have provided a positive environment for over one
million attendees to celebrate gaming. We will continue to work diligently to ensure PAX East
2020 and our other events live up to our high standards and we will proactively keep you up to
date with any further developments as we get closer to PAX East 2020.”
It sounds like Sony is prioritizing the health and well-being of their personnel. There are plenty of other exhibitors and showcases taking place at PAX East this year. After all, attendees will get a chance to play the demo of The Last of Us Part 2! Will you be going?
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