PAX 2021 dates announced, relying on COVID-19 “improvements”

“We care deeply for the health and safety of our amazing attendees and industry partners who have brought PAX to life for 17 years."

PAX 2021 dates have been announced by organisers ReedPop and Penny Arcade, all relying on COVID-19 “improvements”.

The duo have declared that PAX East in Boston, PAX West in Seattle and PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia will take place next year, though PAX South in the USA will not. Australia’s PAX AUS wasn’t detailed either.

“While we look forward to hosting shows in 2021, we are first and foremost members of the local communities in Boston, Philadelphia, and Seattle, where we call home,” PAX Event Director, Kyle Marsden-Kish, said.

“We care deeply for the health and safety of our amazing attendees and industry partners who have brought PAX to life for 17 years. We are cautiously optimistic about improvements in the global COVID-19 situation next year, but we are carefully monitoring the situation to make sure PAX only proceeds if deemed safe to do so.”

ReedPop and Penny Arcade used the PAX website to declare dates were announced in order “to help partners plan for the upcoming year on how they might attend as well as provide a chance to start conversations about how to bring attendees, panelists, exhibitors, and our broader community together with these events that are 7 months away.”

For the time being, PAX East is planned for 3-6 June 2020 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, PAX West for 3-6 September 2020 at the Washington State Convention Center, and PAX Unplugged for 10-12 December 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Dec. 10-12.

At the time of writing, the USA is currently reporting 171,024 daily COVID-19 cases, totalling 14,708,287 cases since the pandemic began. The country has sadly reported 284,902 from those total cases. PAX organisers’ statement comes as several phamacutical companies are trialling vaccines; Britain has moved to approve one from Prizer-BioNTech.

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