The Show Goes On – Ace Comic Con Northeast March 20-22March 7, 2020
While the news paints a grim prognosis for events with large gatherings, Ace Comic Con Northeast is reassuring that the show will go on – with some changes to account for health and safety measurements. Taking place from March 20-22 in Boston, the convention recently rolled out new guidelines for its attendees.
Other events with large attendances have made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone their shows, such as the Emerald City Comic Con, SXSW, Ultra Music Festival and the James Bond premiere over fears of the coronavirus. Prior to the announcement the convention made on Friday, March 6, we spoke with a representative on the escalating situation.
“ACE is continuing to closely monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 as the safety of our attendees, guests and staff is of the utmost importance. At this time, ACE Comic Con Northeast will take place on March 20-22 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) as scheduled.
We will continue to work with our partners, vendors and facilities to ensure we are following all recommended guidelines from the CDC.”
In a post published across their social media platforms on Friday, March 6, the convention further spelled out its plan to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines.
Hello ACE Fans,
ACE Universe is continuing to closely monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 as the safety of our attendees, guests and staff is of the utmost importance. At this time, ACE Comic Con Northeast will take place on March 20-22 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) as scheduled.
ACE Universe wants to assure everyone of the precautions we are taking to ensure a safe weekend at ACE Comic Con Northeast.
We continue to work with our partners, vendors and facilities to ensure we are following all recommended measures and health advice from federal and local officials as well as the CDC. Please read the following guidelines carefully as we work together to create a positive and safe environment for all attending.
– During Photo Ops & Autographs – Handshakes, hugs, requests to hold props during Photo Ops, and physical contact will not be permitted. No gifts, letters, or cards will be accepted by celebrity guests so we ask that you do not bring in those items.
– We are requiring all fans to utilize hand sanitizing stations prior to entering your Photo Op and/or Autograph. These stations are located at the entrance of each booth, prior to your ticket being collected.
– We are working closely with the BCEC as they are using enhanced cleaning measures to ensure all surface areas are cleaned every 30 minutes, including lavatory fixtures, paper towel dispensers, vanity tops, mirrors and door handles.
– We ask all fans attending to continue to follow standard cold and flu guidelines. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you do not attend the event.
If you feel any of these rules or restrictions will adversely affect you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are taking these steps to ensure everyone’s safety.
As ACE Comic Con Northeast approaches, we will continue to review our health and safety guidelines and update accordingly.
In this announcement, Ace Comic Con stresses their cooperation with the venue, the Boston Convention Center and Exhibition Center to have sanitization booths before and after each meet and greet opportunity. This policy extends to forbidding physical contact, including the transference of items between attendees and celebrity guests. The convention management team reassures that they have been working n this issue alongside the Centers for Disease Control and local officials.
Attendees’ reactions to these guidelines have landed across the board. Some attendees understand these measurements, while others have voiced online that the show should be postponed or canceled as it voids the experience they had purchased their tickets and opportunities under.
I applaud @ACEcomiccon for working with authorities and the BCEC for doing everything they can to continue to bring us #ACEComicCon Northeast! Thank you. I also can’t wait to see the photo ops turning out looking a bit like lineups since there’s now a “no touchy” policy 🤣😜🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/dB3VOERRvh
— 🙂 Tom Makes Me Smile 🙂 (@TomMakesMeSmile) March 6, 2020
Please postpone it for the sake of people. Majority of events have already postponed their events due to COVID-19. This isn’t fair, we paid the same amount of money as past attendees but we aren’t allowed even a handshake?
— MEETING CHRIS ON MARCH✨ (@netflixandcherl) March 6, 2020
So, you are protecting the stars.
What about the stall holders? What about protecting the thousands of people who have paided thousands of dollars to be there?
Postpone or cancel.
Give full refunds & give people time to get refunds for travel and hotels.
— Blockbuster Girl 🔥 #TeamLoki (@SaraDWarner) March 6, 2020
While fans who were excited to be up close and personal and meet such celebrity guests Chris Evans, Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Bonnie Wright, Tom Hiddleston, Keri Russell, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Rupert Grint, Tiya Sicor and others, creators and vendors may have a different take. In the wake of Emerald City Comic Con postponing their show, the #ECCConline hashtag popped up on Twitter for vendors to generate sales that they would have lost out on. This won’t be the case with Ace Comic Con.
With ECCC being postponed, a lot of vendors/artists are losing income, so let’s all share links to their work and online stores when we see them! Buy a charm or a poster if you can! Spread the word and spread the love!
Drop ECCC artists’ links below to keep the train going 💖
— Mica Burton (@MicaBurton) March 6, 2020
After many hours of conversation internally & consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date & detail announcement forthcoming. Read more at https://t.co/ahL1TOmHLF #ECCC2020 pic.twitter.com/qq3ZnDPXWb
— Emerald City Comic Con (@emeraldcitycon) March 6, 2020
Despite these changes, programming is expected to continue as normal with a weekend full of panels, photo and autograph opportunities, exhibitor displays and creator content.
Keep up with news about Ace Comic Con by visiting our social media. We’ll be in attendance all weekend. You can read our highlights of the first Ace Comic Con we attended in 2017 in Long Island, New York here.