E3 still going ahead despite LA declaring California coronavirus state of emergency

E3 still going ahead despite LA declaring California coronavirus state of emergency

The organiser of E3 the ESA has reiterated that the LA trade show is still scheduled to go ahead even after California declared a state of emergency over coronavirus.

The US video games trade body said in a statement that it still intends to run the event in June, saying once again that it is "monitoring and evaluating the situation daily." California declared a state of emergency after the first person died from the COVID-19 coronavirus in the region. The state has 54 cases of the virus, according to the New York Times, which is the highest in the US at the time of writing. 

This follows San Francisco declaring a state of emergency, with companies including Unity and Epic pulling out of GDC 2020, which was set to take place this month before being cancelled. The outbreak also hit Boston's PAX East as well as Eve Fanfest and Google's I/O. The ESA insisted earlier this week that E3 was still taking place.

"The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, and staff is our top priority. While the ESA continues to plan for a safe and successful E3 show June 9-11, 2020—we are monitoring and evaluating the situation daily," the trade body wrote.

"Our E3 team and partners continue to monitor COVID-19 via the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). We are actively assessing the latest information and will continue to develop measures to further reduce health risks at the show."

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