"After a great deal of research and consideration, we’ve reached the unfortunate decision to cancel AMA-CON this year. This decision was not made lightly, and no doubt it will be extremely disappointing to a lot of folks.
"But in addition to ensuring that AMA-CON remains a positive and fun experience for all involved, we want to protect everyone’s health as best we can. We plan to come back bigger and better next year, so please mark your calendars for July 31 & August 1 in 2021!" the Amarillo Public Library posted on Facebook.
Amarillo Public Library PR Coordinator, Stacy Clopton-Yates, said the decision was made after "it would not be the con that our vendors and participants have come to know and love.”
Some of the steps that would have been necessary to hold the con as scheduled this year include:
Hiring monitors to patrol the con and enforce social distancing.
Counting people as they enter a room and turning people away as the room reaches capacity.
Limiting attendance at Cosplay contests and panels because of reduced seating.
“We also have to consider that AMA-CON attracts participants from outside our region, possibly placing the health of our community at risk should people travel to Amarillo from areas with a high number of active coronavirus cases. The last thing we want is for someone to get sick because they attended AMA-CON," Clopton-Yates said.