Due to the coronavirus outbreak, numerous tech events were canceled (or turned virtual) in 2020, including MWC, Facebook's F8, Google's I / O, and SXSW.
That Apple's WWDC 2020 conference is not going to happen, at least not in its regular schedule or in its regular format.
The Santa Clara Department of Public Health issued an order Monday (via Appleinsider) prohibiting mass gatherings with more than 1,000 people due to rising coronavirus rates.
“This is a critical time in the growing COVID-19 outbreak in Santa Clara County. The strong measures that we are taking today are designed to stop the spread of the disease ”, Santa Clara County Health Officer Sara Cody said in a statement.
It generally takes place in San José, which is located in Santa Clara County, with an attendance of 5,000 or more, it would be banned under the terms of the ban, which will take effect on March 11.
This does not automatically mean that WWDC will not take place this year. The event has yet to be officially announced, but it generally takes place in early June, and the ban on mass gatherings will initially remain in effect for three weeks.
If the coronavirus outbreak worsens
It's safe to assume that the ban on mass gatherings will stay in place longer, and even if the ban doesn't last until June, Apple surely won't wait that long to announce it. (The company generally announces WWDC Dates in mid-March.)
Still, there are several possibilities for Apple. The company could postpone WWDC to a later date, which is unlikely, or it could turn it into an online-only event, similar to what Google and Facebook have done with I / O and F8, respectively.
The coronavirus has killed more than 4,000 and infected more than 113,000 people. The outbreak has worsened in the United States in recent weeks, with a total of 423 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.