Update from the Con Chair Team re: Arisia 2022 and COVID-19
August 3, 2021
Last Arisia, we ran a virtual convention to protect the health of our community during the pandemic. Now, as many of us are fully vaccinated, we are looking forward to a return to in-person events. What does this mean for Arisia 2022?
ARISIA 2022 WILL BE AN IN-PERSON CONVENTION AT THE WESTIN WATERFRONT IN BOSTON
We will return to the Westin Waterfront for an in-person convention in as safe and responsible a way as we can. We hope to offer our full slate of programming, including events, music, gaming, dances, art show, dealer’s room, and more. We are aware, however, that gatherings are a risk for the spread of COVID-19. We are taking a number of steps to mitigate that risk.
ARISIA 2022 MEMBERS MUST BE VACCINATED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON
In-person attendees to Arisia 2022 will be required to sign a statement that they have been fully vaccinated. Failure to be truthful on this statement is a violation of Arisia’s Code of Conduct.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IF I AM FULLY VACCINATED?
Those Arisia attendees who are fully vaccinated will be able to enjoy the full convention, but will still be required to take safety precautions, such as wearing masks and using hand sanitizer. We will not know until closer to January what those exact precautions will be, but we will be listening closely to CDC and state guidance. We will keep you updated throughout the year as we put together more detailed guidelines.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN IF I AM NOT FULLY VACCINATED BY JANUARY OF 2022?
Your participation in Arisia 2022 will be substantially limited if you are not fully vaccinated. That said, we would like to be as accessible as possible to those who cannot get vaccinated due to, for example, health reasons. We are planning what remote content we will be able to offer, and will keep you updated.
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN UNDER 12?
By the time the convention takes place, we are hopeful that vaccines will be available for younger children. We should know by the fall whether or not we will have Fast Track this year. We will also be considering how and whether we can offer Turtle Track safely.
WHAT ABOUT BOOSTERS?
There are many things that we don’t know yet, such as whether a booster shot will be required for full immunization sometime between now and January 2022. We will keep in touch with the community as things change, and try to make decisions in a timely and thoughtful way. Our goal is for everyone to participate in the convention as safely as possible.
WILL THERE BE VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING?
We are not planning to run a fully hybrid convention, as we do not have the resources to do this. That said, there may be some online participation in the convention, such as streaming of certain events, or an online social area similar to what we had for Arisia 2021. We will keep you updated on this as we make plans.
Please reach out if you have specific questions that are not answered here. You can email the con chair team at through our website's Contact Us page (select "ConChair"). Keep in mind that our plans will change as the situation changes and that new guidance from the CDC will be considered as it is released. Thank you!