DISCON III Covid Policy Announcement for 2021

By Miclpea

DisCon III (the World Science Fiction Convention) scheduled for December 15-19, 2021, in Washington, DC, announced their Covid policy on August 19, 2021. Their policy differs in some ways from the policies announced by the ReedPop conventions and Dragon Con.

The following is the current official DisCon III Policy related to preventing the spread of COVID-19: 

Mandatory: Proof of Completed Vaccination

To attend any aspect of DisCon III in person, members and guests of DisCon III must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1st with a course of vaccination approved for human use as a COVID vaccine in the country in which the vaccine was received, including authorization for emergency use. Each such person must present proof of vaccination, and attendees over the age of 18 must show a photo identification matching the name shown on the proof of vaccination. There are no exceptions.

Mandatory: Masks must be worn.

Properly worn masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all convention members and guests in all convention spaces, except when actively eating or drinking. Failure to comply is a Code of Conduct violation and may be subject to disciplinary action. Clear masks will be provided to facilitate accessibility to panelists, event participants, and certain staff and volunteers in key positions. The clear masks are a new and welcome innovation.

Recommended: DC Covid-19 Tracker App

To help make people aware if there is a COVID-19 exposure discovered at the convention, members and guests are encouraged to download and install the DC Covid Tracker app (this app is only available on the Google Play store).

DisCon III Refund Policy

Members who cannot or choose not to get vaccinated may request that their current attending membership be converted to a supporting or virtual membership, consistent with the convention’s existing refund policies.

For child attendees there will be additional rules:

As of August 19, 2021, children under 12 are not currently eligible for vaccination. DisCon III recognizes that children aged 5-11 may become eligible for vaccination prior to the convention, and so we are allowing a full refund for children under 12. Further, DisCon III is extending the refund cut-off to December 1 for those children and their families to allow them time to delay their decision in hope that expanded eligibility will permit them to attend. However, due to all of the uncertainties, DisCon III is making the difficult decision that it will not offer on-site childcare.

Covid-19 continues to change the convention landscape. Fans need to be aware that DisCon III, like many other events and venues, is evolving to meet this new and challenging environment. Please remember to check with the conventions for their latest safety protocols.

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I love going to conventions around the US and Canada. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I'm a senior writer for Friends of CC and I have co-written a science-fiction script called Punctuated Equilibrium.

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