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March 6 Update on COVID-19

PyCon continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) situation.

As of March 6, PyCon 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is scheduled to take place.

As of this morning, there have been two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. These cases are in Wayne and Delaware Counties, in eastern Pennsylvania. They are not near Pittsburgh, which is in western Pennsylvania, some 300 miles (480km) away.

At the time of writing, travel or event restrictions have not been put into place anywhere in Pennsylvania.

Our staff continues to work with sponsors, vendors, and speakers. We are proactively planning safety precautions that will be implemented onsite.

We are also working to ensure that people who cannot travel to PyCon will still be able to meaningfully participate: this includes work to convert one talk, tutorial, and sponsor track to handle remote presentations (either live or recorded) as a backup plan.

It is worth reiterating PyCon’s cancellation policy again: PyCon will refund 100% of registration fees for anyone whose travel is impacted by COVID-19, or has any concerns about traveling, especially if traveling internationally.

If at the time of PyCon you feel sick, or are worried that you might have been in contact with people who have been exposed to COVID-19, we encourage you to stay home. Your registration will be 100% refunded.

If you have any questions about this, please reach out to pycon-reg at python dot org.

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PyCon will continue to monitor this situation and we plan to internally reassess regularly. We will publish another update on Friday, March 13, and plan to keep you informed of our plans at least each week as we approach PyCon.