Sony says it won't be at Pax East next weekend, although its statement on why makes it unclear if its worried its employees will either contract COVID-19 here (we've had one reported case, a person who returned from Wuhan) or get it at the airport or something:
Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as “novel coronavirus”). We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.
WBZ reports Pax East organizers are planning "enhanced cleaning and sanitation" to guard against the virus, which, again, has caused exactly one case in the state. No word if Pax East is planning any vaccination booths for the flu, the severity of which is currently very high in Massachusetts, according to the state Department of Public Health.