As we are approaching the end of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic still develops. So does the trend of furcons cancelling for this year.
However, numerous fears of a ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 has further raised concerns around. In a recent report by Forbes, top Covid-19 scientific advisors in France believe a second wave of Covid-19 is “extremely likely” in the northern hemisphere in coming months. And it could be “much greater than the first”.
This has led to Japanese furcon Japan Meeting of Furries (JMoF) to recently cancel their 2021 furcon – the first furcon in 2021 to do so. In a statement, they cited that even though the situation in Japan is calming down, forecasts about when it will be completely controlled “are few”, and experts are “all saying to prepare for the next outbreak”.
There may be one furcon that’s physically out of the picture for 2021, but however just recently, there’s one event that has decided to go fully virtual for their next year’s edition.
In the USA, Wisconsin-based furcon FurSquared has did just that. One of the staff, Firr, said in a recent announcement video that the move was done in consideration of the attendees’ safety, and that it can give them “as much time as possible” to plan for the virtual event.
Some people may say that we are playing overly safe, but we would rather look like we overreacted at the end of this, than to put a single attendee or the hotel staff at risk.
A lot of people might say that we are calling this too early, but we would rather give ourselves as much time as possible to put on a virtual event.– Firr, staff of FurSquared
More updates on the online event soon to come.
FurSquared 2021 is slated to be held virtually next year on 24 – 26 Feb 2021.
On the topic of COVID-19 and furries, this week, there were no furcons cancelled. However, 2 furcons are cancelled, which were announced in mid-June and are updated on the spreadsheet today; FursonaCon (Virginia USA) and Furry Takeover (N. Carolina USA)
Henceforth, there are a total of 77 furcons cancelled, 4 deferred and 20 to be held this year.