WoTCon COVID-19 Policy (2021-2022)
The WoTCon Staff are committed to the safety and health of all convention attendees, staff, volunteers, vendors, venue staff, and other persons in the area of, and close to, WoTCon. As such, WoTCon will follow all federal and local COVID-19 policies, as well as suggested best practices and/or guidelines. As the situation and guidance related to COVID-19 changes and evolves, WoTCon staff will ensure that the convention still operates within allowed policies and guidelines. Below are the current requirements/policies WoTCon will be utilizing:
- WoTCon requires proof of vaccination for all attendees. We want to ensure the convention is safe and enjoyable. In our inaugural year, insurance, liability, and staffing concerns prevent exploring individual exceptions to this requirement. Hopefully, the pandemic will not be a concern in 2023 and forward! Proof of full immunization/vaccination against COVID-19 must be provided no later than three (3) weeks prior to the start of the convention. (17 June 2022) Upload proof of vaccination here (must be logged in).
- Masks must be properly worn at all times while in identified convention spaces (mask requirements in other areas of the venue are subject to venue policies)
- Masks must be made of material that does not allow the easy passage of saliva/mucus (i.e., no mesh-material masks).
- Proper wear of a mask is defined as wearing the mask in such a way that it covers both the nose and mouth at the same time.
- Masks may be temporarily removed for the following purposes:
- Eating, drinking, etc.;
- Photography; and
- Cosplay/costume contests or events.
Failure to comply with these policies constitutes grounds for expulsion/removal from the convention space. Any individuals denied entry to the convention, or asked to leave, for violation/failure to comply with the above policies, will NOT be refunded.
General Guidelines/Best Practices
Here are some recommended guidelines/best practices we suggest:
- If you are sick/feel sick, stay home;
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently;
- When possible, practice social distancing (recommended six (6) feet of distance between persons not from the same household/cohabitating);
- If you have COVID-19/flu-like symptoms, get tested as soon as possible, even if you are fully immunized/vaccinated; and
- Your physical proximity to people is your choice. If you are uncomfortable being close to/near groups of people, there is no shame in excusing yourself and/or wearing a mask.