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RuPaul's DragCon LA Canceled Amid Growing Coronavirus Concern

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RuPaul speaks onstage during 3rd Annual RuPaul's DragCon day 2 at Los Angeles Convention Center on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, RuPaul's DragCon LA announced Tuesday (March 10) that the planned convention set to take place on May 1, 2 and 3 has been canceled.

In a statement posted on their website, DragCon made clear that the cancellation was due directly to the outbreak of COVID-19, and that the "health and safety" of fans and queens must come first. "The situation in California (and the world) is rapidly changing, with new information coming out everyday," the statement read. "Unfortunately, there's no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May. Due to that uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we've decided that it's in the best interest of the talent, staff, and attendees to cancel RuPaul's DragCon LA 2020."

The statement added that DragCon would be back in LA in 2021, while also promising refunds to fans who had purchased tickets and were planning to attend the convention. "We will be working with Eventbrite to issue refunds for existing DragCon LA ticket holders over the next 7 days," the statement said. "You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite when the refund has been issued."

DragCon LA is just one of many major entertainment events that have been canceled or postponed due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus, including festivals like South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, UltraFest in Miami, along with tour dates of major artists like Madonna, Pearl Jam and more.

Read RuPaul's DragCon LA's full statement here.

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