The health and safety of Gen Con participants remains a top priority. Gen Con will continue to monitor the guidance of the Marion County Department of Public Health and the CDC regarding appropriate safety measures as the convention date nears.
As of January 2023, Gen Con will not require proof of vaccination or masks at the 2023 convention.
While continuously monitoring the situation, organizers will reserve the right to change this policy if conditions warrant at any time, including up to the start date of the convention.
Participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks and stay up to date with their vaccinations.
I'll put in a half-dozen comfy masks in my luggage then. I'm prepared regardless then.
Excellent! Thanks for the good news.
Great news, thanks! We had planned to take a year off, but this changes things.
I do hope (silly, I know) that people are this year not assuming anything is set in stone this early.
I know, I know....
Edit: See helpful response below for more. I'll leave the original post for context.
It's a conundrum for sure, but if the general policy won't be locked in reasonably well in advance of the event, I can't see myself attending.
This isn't a safety or efficacy question - for me it's just not fun. And I don't want to be locked into lodging transportation and other fees only to find out a week before the event that the policy has changed.
So while I don't doubt the sincerity of the motivation here, this is tantamount to having to assume that masks will be in place. I don't think the trying to split the baby approach is going to be particularly effective for anyone who is on the fence either way. Please pick a lane in advance of any refund or cancellation windows. Give the stability of a clear choice.
I hope the con has a great year either way.
Excellent news, thanks!
I will be there no matter what happens. Masks, no masks. Already have the jab so that isn't a consideration. I just wanna game.
Thank you, Mike! This is awesome news, and very much welcomed by my group.
Gen Con probably has no interest in changing the policy unless they feel they must. Many people will sign up (or not) and schedule events based on expectations that are set by whatever rules are in effect when they buy their badge. If the policy changed in June, another round of complaining would ensue and a bunch of people would cancel their events and demand a refund. That would be very disruptive to the convention. If the policy changes, it will likely be at the last moment, and only because C19 has taken a grim turn for the worse.
After reluctantly wearing masks the past two years, my wife and I were planning to take a year off, but this policy changes things for us. We aren't going to hold out for a firm commitment because that will never come. Even if management was willing, their lawyers are not.
I wonder if there will be exceptions allowed, like Paizo requiring masks in the Sagamore?
Yeah I hope something dramatic would have to happen that would change this position they set as I was of the position that I wasn't going if it was the same as last year from the onset. The last year I have been maskless everywhere except Gen Con and the doctors office. I have flown 4 times now, been on a cruise, several sporting events and multiple concerts last year all without a mask. I was stunned when I walked into the dentist yesterday for my 6 month cleaning and no one was wearing a mask except the hygienist and dentist. They dropped asking me a bunch of questions and taking my temperature too.
This is great news! Thank you, Gen Con. My family, friends and I will be returning this year!
That said we encourage everyone to get vaccinated (If you can) and wear masks depending on your comfort level.
To be clear what they require for their own employees is completely up to them.
Thank you Mike
Marion County require masking? Not likely. Not unless the state legislature passes some sort of last minute resolution. And THAT is unlikely.