(CNBC) -- Google is canceling in-person attendance for one of its most important events, Google IO, due to the spreading of the coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed. The company said in an email to attendees that it will refund those who bought tickets.
The company also confirmed that it has halted international employee travel and are advising currently traveling employees to return home. Google initially restricted travel in several particular countries including China, Italy and Iran.
“Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC,
WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Over the coming weeks, we will explore other ways to evolve Google I/O to best connect with and continue to build our developer community. We’ll continue to update the Google I/O website.”
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