ShmooCon has always been committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all of our participants. During COVID times, that’s taken on a whole new meaning. We’re looking forward to hosting another event in 2022, but want to set the expectation that ShmooCon 2022 will be a bit different than ShmooCons of the past.
Based on current DC COVID restrictions, controls in place at the Hilton, and the current state of the disease in general, we’ve tentatively put together the following policies. These policies are subject to change and announcements will be made here should changes occur as 2022 approaches.
SHMOOCON 2022 COVID POLICIES
- Masks – Masks must be worn by everyone in attendance at ShmooCon while in ShmooCon space. Further, DC currently has a mask mandate in place so you must wear a mask while in common areas of the hotel and other indoor venues you may visit. Masks should be well-fitting and cover the nose and mouth.
- Hand Washing/Sanitizing – We encourage people to wash their hands frequently, but especially before eating. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the conference space.
- Social Distancing – Seats within the main stage areas will be set up in a fashion to provide for some distancing (likely groups of 2 and 4, with space between groups). We also plan to accept a lower number of sponsors this year to allow for more spacing between and around sponsor tables. Other layout decisions will be made keeping this consideration in mind. As for social distancing on the floor, we ask that you do your best and keep your mask on.
- Vaccine Status – Our intention is that all attendees and staff must be vaccinated to attend ShmooCon. What that’s going to look like and how we’re going to do it? We’re still figuring that out, so please wait for more details.
Again, these policies are subject to change as the current situation evolves. Given how the last 18 months have gone, we are moving forward knowing the need to both re-evaluate as conditions change and to be flexible in our planning.
Be assured we will work with the Hilton staff to make the space as safe and healthy as possible. They’ve been running events for a while now since DC re-opened in June of 2021. We’ll leverage their experience over the last few months to figure out what has worked and not worked and structure the physical space and the flow of people in the best way possible for our purposes. We are also working with the hotel to understand what improvements they have made to help mitigate the risk of COVID, such as better ventilation and improved filtration. We’ll let you know what we find out.