Yeah when the people who run Gary Con are going maskless it, uh, kind of makes people think maybe the rules are not actually being followed. I seriously doubt any such example will be set at Gen-Con if there is still a mask mandate.
Every room I was in outside the main hall, game masters did not enforce the mask mandate. My experience, I'm sure others varied.
It's been a month and Garycon ended up just fine, with no vaccine mandate, just a clean covid test, and people not following the policy and masking up. No super spreader event or even a documented covid case coming out of it. Time to get back to as normal as possible.
I would prefer not to wear a mask. But I will do as I am asked by Gen Con because I want to attend Gen Con. It's that simple, if they want masks, wear a mask. If you don't feel like you should and want to take if off during the con, well feel free to be that rebel and find out what happens.
We wore masks the entire time last year. It really wasn't the bad. Forget Covid, it was nice coming home from Gencon without getting the typical con crud we always seem to get. For once not one member of our group got sick.
The big issue with wearing masks last year was playing rpgs and having difficulty hearing people behind the masks, particularly in the big halls where sound bounces all around.
If masks are required, they will be required during games.
Interesting to see what Gencon decides now that the next largest gaming convention lifted their mask mandate today.
Since folks have been talking about other cons, I just learned the April Gathering of Friends was a super-spreader. Vaccines were required, reports were that 1/3 of the attendees were masked. The GoF is an invite-only board game meeting/convention with about 400 attendees. Infection rates were high in Niagara Falls where the the GoF was held.
EDIT: Never mind
Who knows? We just have to wait for the day to come that they set the policy in stone, whenever that may be.