The organizers of the Emerald Metropolis Comedian Con introduced Thursday that they’ll reimplement a face masking requirement for this 12 months’s present in Seattle.
This can be a vital reversal of ECCC’s earlier coverage, which sparked backlash in June when organizers introduced that masks have been really helpful, however not required for attendance.
Attendees of the annual comedian e-book conference, scheduled to be held Aug. 18-22 on the Washington State Conference Middle, will likely be now required to put on “approved face coverings” — intact, tightly-fit masks that totally cowl the nostril and mouth — all through all areas of the present. The organizers are additionally “strongly recommending” that showgoers put on licensed N95, KN95, or KN94 masks.
ECCC doesn’t seem like planning to test vaccine playing cards or current COVID checks on the door for the 2022 present.
ECCC’s organizer, the occasion creation agency ReedPop, was cautious to level out that its choices have been in alignment with King County’s present well being and security tips.
The nationwide conference circuit has been keen to maneuver on from the COVID-19 pandemic, and lots of exhibits throughout the nation have equally relaxed or outright eradicated their tips for attendees.
This 12 months’s VidCon in Anaheim, Calif. was reportedly a full-on super-spreader event, whereas one of many “Enforcer” volunteer employees at this 12 months’s PAX East present died of COVID shortly after the convention.
ECCC waited to announce its new COVID insurance policies till, in response to exhibitors, in the future after its exhausting deadline for cancellations. For impartial artists, a lot of whom make a big quantity of their annual earnings from the conference circuit, this left them with a alternative between potential COVID publicity or taking a giant monetary hit from non-refundable charges.
For impartial artists who could also be financially affected by ECCC’s COVID coverage, the Seattle-based on-line boutique Twin Wield Studios just lately launched the Convention Artist Safety and Health (CASH) fund.
Artists and exhibitors who canceled their look at this 12 months’s ECCC can fill out the CASH’s online form with the intention to change a single fee for any non-refundable prices they might have incurred. The preliminary $10,000 for the CASH fund was fronted by Twin Wield. Anybody thinking about contributing to it will possibly accomplish that by way of purchasing a specific set of merchandise on Twin Wield’s on-line retailer.
One other Seattle-area present organized by ReedPop, the Penny Arcade Expo, continues to be scheduled to be held over Labor Day weekend on the WSCC. As of late May of this year, its organizers reportedly intend to implement the identical well being and security laws as PAX West had in 2021.