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UPDATE: Anthrocon 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 health concerns

PITTSBURGH — UPDATE, April 27: Anthrocon organizers have announced that the annual event has been canceled for 2020.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, for which there is no timely end in sight, we have been forced to make the sad decision to cancel Anthrocon 2020. We had hoped to avoid it, but it has become clear that we will not be able to provide a convention experience that is both safe and enjoyable for our attendees. We are offering several choices to our attendees who have already paid for memberships,” a letter on the Anthrocon website said.

Organizers said hotels and some events are automatically issuing refunds.

People who purchased memberships for the actual convention can request a refund online or defer their membership for the 2021 convention

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ORIGINAL, April 22: Furries are hoping to descend on Pittsburgh once again this summer for their annual Anthrocon convention despite the coronavirus outbreak.

The group says they’ve been in daily contact with VisitPittsburgh, local hotels and the David Lawrence Convention Center. As of right now, the group says, plans for this year’s convention are still progressing, according to an update on the Anthrocon 2020 website.

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Organizers are also taking looking for the best way to hold the event safely for everyone and say health officials may decide it may not be safe to hold the event this year.

The group says they’ll continue to monitor the situation daily and should have a decision by the end of May. When they do, the group says they’ll post an update on their website and social media.