My Hero Convention: Alabama Smash 2020 canceled over the continued concern for safety and uncertainty due to COVID-19
 

For Immediate Release – August 31, 2020
 
My Hero Convention: Alabama Smash has been canceled for 2020 due to an abundance of caution for our attendees, guests, vendors, artists, and volunteers, in regards to the uncertainty involved with, and safety issues concerning, planning an event in the current climate of COVID-19.

Effective Monday, August 31, the current Safer at Home order will be extended for an additional 5 weeks. According to this order, “Indoor and enclosed entertainment venues shall limit occupancy to 50 percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal.” This coupled with the limitations and restrictions imposed by the management at the BJCC (which changes the occupancy to roughly 33 percent of capacity) makes the event unable to be held for safety and logistical reasons.

“Our job is to bring fun and family-friendly entertainment to Alabama. With the continuing uncertainty in the ever-changing climate involved with COVID-19, putting on live events right now just adds fuel to the public safety fire and we would consider it irresponsible in the greater good of the public,” said AVC Conventions co-owner Greg Hanks. “After consulting all local and statewide governmental ordinances and mandates and then speaking extensively with the management at the BJCC, we have mutually agreed to cancel My Hero Convention: Alabama Smash for 2020. We would love to be putting on an event right now, but the safety of everyone involved with our events is much more important to us. As the great All Might says in My Hero Academia – When there’s nothing to be gained, rising to the challenge at those times, is surely the mark… of a true hero!” 

Refunds for My Hero Convention: Alabama Smash 2020 will begin to be processed immediately for attendees, vendors, and artists. No action is needed to begin this process.

For answers to questions about COVID-19, please contact the Alabama Department of Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at 1-800-270-7268 or email covid19info@adph.state.al.us. Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Interpreters are available. For frequently asked questions and to check your symptoms, visit the Alabama.gov COVID-19 Information Hub at covid19.alabama.gov.