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GENCON Health and Safety Update 2 years 3 months ago #1

Here is the latest GENCON Health and Safety Update, for those that might not have seen it. It looks like Proof of Vaccination (or valid Medical Exemption) will still be required, but there is a chance that the Mask Mandate will be lifted, depending on conditions closer to GENCON.

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Hello, Gen Con friends!

As we all know, tabletop gaming conventions and global pandemics do not play well together, so we’re super-excited to see COVID-19 case rates continue to drop in Indy and around the country and to see more and more venues and events opening up. While Zoom has been a good friend to tabletop, we’re happier when we see people getting back to the fun of gaming together in person.

Currently, the State of Indiana has no indoor masking requirement, and the governor has ended the Public Health Emergency. The CDC indicates that community transmission in the region is low and therefore masks are a matter of personal preference and risk. Many of you are asking if we will be dropping our own mask requirement for Gen Con Indy 2022.

While we are cheered by this current state of affairs, we have also learned the hard way that future virus surges are very unpredictable. We already see yet another new variant is emerging. Fortunately, early reports suggest that BA.2, the so-called “stealth variant” of Omicron, is unlikely to cause a large new spike in cases in the US but, like everyone else, we just don’t know what the summer holds in store.

Gen Con 2021 happened during the Delta wave of the virus and one thing we learned is that masking works. So, for now, our plan is to keep our 100% indoor mask mandate in place until we can be certain that we won’t be in the middle of another surge in infections when Gen Con Indy 2022 rolls around. From our point of view, the worst thing we can do is flip-flop, and if we’re going to make a change to our current masking policy, we only get one chance to do it, and now is definitely not the time. It’s still too early.

So, while we’d love to make a definite prediction about what August will look like based on the current situation, we also know that is just not realistic. When it comes to COVID-19, things change — often unexpectedly — and we need to be prepared for the worst while hoping for the best. We also know that vaccines continue to work, that the overwhelming majority of our attendees have chosen to be vaccinated, and that proof of vaccination will continue to be required for Gen Con Indy 2022.

If you have a valid medical exemption from vaccination, you will be allowed to attend with a doctor’s letter. Please show your paperwork at our Special Services desk onsite at the convention. It can be found at the Customer Service kiosk.
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GENCON Health and Safety Update 2 years 3 months ago #2

Mike Steele wrote: Here is the latest GENCON Health and Safety Update, for those that might not have seen it. It looks like Proof of Vaccination (or valid Medical Exemption) will still be required, but there is a chance that the Mask Mandate will be lifted, depending on conditions closer to GENCON.


I got the same impression after reading it. Anyone hoping they lift the proof of vaccination is likely to be disappointed. But mask mandates have a chance of being lifted unless we end up in the middle of another surge. I'm actually encouraged, because I'm totally in favor of the proof of vaccination.
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GENCON Health and Safety Update 1 year 1 month ago #3

It's important to prioritize the health and safety of attendees, and the decision to keep the indoor mask mandate, for now, makes sense given the unpredictable nature of virus surges.
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GENCON Health and Safety Update 1 year 1 month ago #4

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Clementina wrote: It's important to prioritize the health and safety of attendees, and the decision to keep the indoor mask mandate, for now, makes sense given the unpredictable nature of virus surges.

You've replied to a thread that's over a year old and does not contain current information.

This is from Gen Con's own FAQ (emphasis added by me):
Are vaccines and/or masks required for Gen Con Indy 2023?
The health and safety of Gen Con participants remain a top priority for convention organizers. Gen Con will continue to monitor the guidance of the Marion County Department of Public Health and the CDC regarding appropriate safety measures as the convention date nears. As of January 2023, Gen Con will not require proof of vaccination or masks at the 2023 convention. While continuously monitoring the situation, organizers will reserve the right to change this policy if conditions warrant at any time, including up to the start date of the convention. Masks and vaccines are strongly encouraged at Gen Con but are not required at this time.
Have you looked it up in the TDb ?
Please post TDb corrections in this thread .
If I write something in teal, it should not be taken seriously
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