Last I heard AC is still iffy. The Pittsburg City Council is crossing their fingers too as every large event in the city before AC has been cancelled.
It's not surprising to see that the people of Pittsburgh are hopeful for anthrocon to happen. The mayor said in the opening ceremony last year that he had people calling for months leading up to the convention asking "When are the furries coming back?"
I don't expect any fur conventions to take place for the remainder of the year. I can see it leaking into next year as well until a vaccine is developed, which will take some time.
Boy, is this thread interesting to read from March to now.
There's a secondary level to the cancellations beyond safety. Even if we can magically make the con hyper safe (PAX East was religious on sanitation which was wonderful, honestly, not even a sniffle from it, though I had very dry hands) attendance this year will be down. Cons that can't guarantee enough attendees to cover operating costs can't risk running.
As bit of an idea, a not-furry event I run every year that averages 120+ attendees is cancelling because we need a minimum of 40 paying attendees just to rent the venue. This ignores paying for anything that would people *want* to attend.
You could get a huge teddy bear plushie to hug in place of fur suits.Virtual cons just don't cut it as replacements for real ones. They're not the same. You can't physically feel the soft fur of a fursuiter at a virtual con. You can't physically hug your friends at a virtual con. You can't have a fursuit parade at a virtual con. If you watch a fursuiter dance, the dancer will be behind a screen instead of mere feet away. You can't have dance cyphers at a virtual con.
I simply cannot live without ever going to a con again for the rest of my life. ToT
Majority of ones I've seen are just doing panels on Twitch or whatever.I've wanted to go to a VR con for a while now. Physical cons are obviously not safe with COVID around. We've even had a recent spike in cases. Are the physical cons going virtual, I wonder?