Yet another major event in The United States has been affected by the fear of the Coronavirus, the influential 10-day conference SXSW which take place in Austin, Texas has been cancelled. Mayor of Austin Steve Adler, made the announcement on March 6 during a press conference. The mayor declared the Coronavirus crisis a 'local disaster' and issued an order that cancels South by Southwest this year. "I've gone ahead and declared a local disaster in the city, and associated with that have issued an order that effectively cancels South by Southwest this year" Adler said. He added, "It's a really important event to our city in a lot of ways, tied to who we are in this city, and I really look forward to the next iteration of South By when it comes back again for us." The festival organisers noted in a statement “We are exploring options to reschedule the event and are working to provide a virtual SXSW online experience as soon as possible for 2020 participants, starting with SXSW EDU. For our registrants, clients, and participants we will be in touch as soon as possible and will publish an FAQ.”
They also added, "This situation evolved rapidly, and we honour and respect the City of Austin's decision. We are committed to do our part to help protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites."