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  1. Reed Philly scheduled for the next weekend after Chicago has canceled The good news is New York is coming back to life
  2. Massive protests in every major city in the country over the last three weeks , Yet despite 10's of thousands of people in close contact over a long period of time, No spikes in these cities ……… Keep in mind, that like the virus, The information we receive is constantly mutating. In NYC massive protests with 20,000+ people were allowed, while at the same time a funeral with about 80 people was shut down, A man playing catch with his daughter in the park was fined, and the gates of a small playground were welded shut to keep residents away. A crowd of over 50,000 people packed the Hollywood streets, literally cheek to cheek, , while residents were not allowed on the dry sand of the beach . Look at this picture Is this the pandemic we were warned about ? Seems more like arbitrary fear mongering , https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/how-filmmaker-tommy-oliver-captured-hollywood-s-massive-black-lives-n1231121 So what it comes down to is do you believe the "experts" who have been DEAD WRONG or your own eyes. My wife is a nurse and her hospital has one Covid patient, the neighboring hospital has 12 patiants total, because people are now scared of hospitals This is Long Island, a former "epicenter" I could go on and on, but As to the topic of this thread unfortunately a New strain has been identified https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/unique-coronavirus-strain-found-in-chicago-northwestern-study/2473010/ so it is highly unlikely we will see WW Chicago ,
  3. According to the website; Phase 5 is "Post Pandemic" which are not achievable in the near future Personally I think we are already Post-pandemic, Judging by the mass gatherings with seemingly no effect in every major city in the USA HOW WE MOVE TO THE NEXT PHASE Post-pandemic: Vaccine, effective and widely available treatment, or the elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors. Vaccine at least a year away if at all Treatments already available, What is a "sustained period of time" This just reads as "When I feel Like it"
  4. From the Rosemont website regarding the Donald E Stephens center : https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20200506/pandemic-an-unprecedented-challenge-for-convention-centers-in-rosemont-schaumburg?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter It seems to me Rosemont is shooting for a Fall re-opening WW seems right at the edge They seem to have a fairly impressive guest list, so Maybe
  5. According to the convention center website, They are going to resume events as of July 17 according TO ww THE EVENT IS ON However, as noted with the ongoing protests, and unknown covid situation its impossible to guARENTEE ANYTHING Chicago currently has no travel restriction and has supposedly passed into stage 3 which allows Hotels and Restaurants to open with restrictions . Below is the current status of Chicago from the cities website . Read the last 2 carefully. There is no way I can make plans based on the current information Especially as the city has reserved the right to close events . I know wizard is trying their best, But This event seems unlikely I will also note that many cities and states have simply outright banned "Super-Spreader" events (Not my term ) until at least 2021 personally, I love this show, but I have had to pass FROM THE WEBSITE: Most public gatherings of more than 10 people are currently cancelled until further notice. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered Chicago’s entire lakefront trail, adjacent parks, 606 Trail, and Riverwalk closed until further notice. The closures include all trails, bike paths, green spaces, facilities, and parks adjacent to the lakefront. Illinois state parks will be open for limited use. All shelters, playgrounds and visitors centers will remain closed until further notice. Concessions will be open at all sites. All major sporting events with large spectator crowds are cancelled until further notice. This includes school and college events as well as major league sporting events. All attractions and events are subject to changes and closures. We strongly recommend confirming the status of attractions and upcoming events by reaching out directly to the attraction, venue, or ticket provider before proceeding.
  6. I live in Long Island , which is the Suburb of NY NY has a policy of Slowwwwwwwwww opening Currently the hospitals have almost no covid patients Despite this we are still in Phase 1 of 4 of re-opening with 2 scheduled for 6/15 NYC has yet to even enter phase 1 . Phase 4! is where they will Movie theaters and larger gatherings I don't know if this includes NYCC These events by the way are now referred to as "Super-Spreader" events and many states have already banned them until 2021 And if this wasn't complicated enough we have been hard hit by the current riots, further delaying re-opening, plus the fact there were thousands of people in close proximity most unmasked, means there may ne a spike in covid which could also delay re-opening I am looking forward to NY comicon but at this point I just do not see it. I also contacted My rep RE Reed keystone in Philly and was told they are still Moving forward with that. So I assume reed will try as hard as they can to hold the show, but NY is tough
  7. Fan expo Seattle just bit the dust We have crossed the Rubicon and there is no return . As a country, with a few exceptions, We have accepted that any mayor or governer can upend or destroy our lives and we will passively accept it. One thing is certain, when you give up a right, you never get it back. As far this virus goes, the information we are getting is convoluted and so contradictory its impossible to believe anybody. First Human to Human transmission is Impossible, Then it was Difficult, Now its stunningly easy . This "lockdown" was supposed to be until there was assurance the hospitals would not be overwhelmed, well in NY that's long since passed but I'm still "sheltering" with no end in sight, First its no Masks, Then Its Mandatory Masks. 1st its 2 million dead, the 200,000, the 60,000, now 120,000. Will this be over in 3 Months, ? will a second wave appear? Will this be a permanent fixture in America.? Depends which "expert" is speaking and on what day. Frankly a Monkey with a dartboard is just as reliable The powers that be are constantly speaking out against the one drug that seems to actually work . As far as a Vaccine goes, A safe Vaccine is at least 2 years away if it exists , and even then with 30+ variant strains it can at best be minimally effective So what does that Mean for conventions ? Can a promoter run a show now with minimal guests and restricted attendance? How many dealers are going to attend multiple events and interact with thousands of people in enclosed environments multiple times a year? How many Potential attendees are just plain going to stop going? What's going to happen in a crowded center when one person starts coughing, or tests positive? Remember the cruise ships? Speaking as 61 year old dealer who was booked for 14 shows this year , Here are my future Plans : Put more emphasis on smaller local 1 or 2 days shows. 2021 will see me cut my circuit in half and focus on shows that provide the best value for the dollar and stay closer to home. I am greatly look forward to the 1st post-lockdown show to see where we stand. One this is certain The Pre covid shows are Gone. An nothing will bring them back for the foreseeable future
  8. I maintain the experts have been wrong all the way through, I could Not agree More ! I'm In ny and I can tell you the Hospitals now have too Many beds , since the Corona cases have declined and the other patiants are scared to go to any public Hospital now. I am in the Highest risk Group at 60+ with underlying conditions and I think these lockdowns have gone past the point of sanity . Very Disappointed to hear about Boston as I was Booked to set up there
  9. The Gov of Ill. shows no signs of reopening anytime soon . Tuesday was the highest death rate in a single day and yesterday was close Since Chicago is a Major city and the cases are trending up, If Ill follows the pattern they should begin re-opening toward the end of May. If that's the case , the chance of the Gov allowing a large convention in an enclosed center with thousands of people coming jn from all over the country is flat zero. Wizards Next 2 shows are St Louis on 6/5 and Philly on 6/19 St Louis I starting to reopen Monday with extreme restrictions and its not currently a hot spot , so maybe but very doubtful Philly in Penn which is a hot spot, and within easy driving distance of NY and NJ is a definite NO No word on the site about cancellations or rescheduling yet Speaking as a dealer , I would not book at any of these shows tight now , so I can imagine what the attendees must be thinking Nothing against WW, to me, Its just not worth taking a chance
  10. Since the average Bank interest rate is below 1% I have no problem just transferring the funds look at the bright side, I have a strong feeling at least one promoter will go bankrupt this year in which case you can Kiss your deposit goodbye Dollar for dollar Heroe's is on of the best values as far as booth spaces go, And I completely understand Sheldon's position as his e-mail explained: "We are not receiving a refund from the Charlotte Convention Center, we are transferring our deposits from 2020 toward a 2021 show. Putting on a show the size and scope of the Heroes Convention is extremely expensive. All the money we have received from the purchase of 3-Day Advance Tickets, Artist Alley Tables and Exhibitor Booths is currently tied up in the cost of renting the Charlotte Convention Center, our decorator, and several other items that facilitate the show each year"
  11. I love this con and my booth is already paid for , However the chances of any convention hall having thousands of people in an enclosed area anywhere, happening before fall at the earliest is almost 0 . Even if phase three reads as an increase in gathering capacities, I seriously doubt that means convention centers . I'm rootin' for Shelton, But, I just don't see it
  12. Some states, cities, towns , etc Have forbidden people from going out without at least a mask I suspect that will be nationwide soon, And I cannot forsee the return of any mass event where face masks are not mandatory, for this year at least . I do hope to see you and the rest of my friends in the near future Personally I will not the house without a mask and gloves.
  13. Agreed If you are uncomfortable stay home Face shields are easily available on ebay for around 12-$15 If and when the conventions return I will be using The shield, mask And gloves BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM Eat Foods High in Zinc and C and take supplements DO THE RESEARCH !