Will coronavirus impact Apple Worldwide Developers Conference?
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The status of Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference was in doubt Tuesday after officials in Santa Clara County, California, enacted a ban on mass gathering to contain the spread of coronavirus.
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While Apple has yet to officially announce details for WWDC in 2020, the event typically occurs in June at the San Jose Convention Center, a venue that falls within Santa Clara County. Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, is also in Santa Clara County.
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“This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The strong measures we are taking today are designed to slow the spread of disease,” said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County health officer.
Santa Clara County’s ban on mass gatherings takes effect at midnight local time March 11 and will remain in place for at least three weeks. The action applies to events of 1,000 or more people. WWDC typically draws 5,000 to 6,000 attendees.
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Apple executives often unveil new products or major updates at WWDC. The event has run annually for the last three decades.
An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.