San Diego Comic-Con will require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test to attend the comics industry’s most important annual event, the convention organization has announced, and follow other safety rules Covid. Chief among these is the requirement for all attendees aged five and over to wear a face covering at the show. The details of the policies show a strong commitment to participant safety in the face of resurgence in case levels of increasingly virulent variants.
The mask rule approach demonstrates this commitment. The policy applies to all groups of attendees and has no exceptions for cosplayers. Acceptable masks exclude face coverings that cannot be fastened under the chin, such as bandanas or scarves, neck gaiters, mesh face coverings, face coverings with exhalation valves, or face coverings. damaged or torn faces. Face coverings must be visible at all times and not hidden under head coverings or masks. There is no medical exception to the mask rule; it is suggested that people “unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition” not attend the show. Security staff will “support compliance with the policy” and expel guests who do not comply.
The show will take place on its normal dates, July 21-24, the first time San Diego Comic-Con has been held since July 2019. The San Diego Comic Convention, which hosts Comic-Con and Wondercon, lost 8 million dollars in 2020, the first pandemic year; figures for 2021 are not yet available (see “San Diego Comic Convention Lost $8+ Million in 2020”).