What do you do when you test positive for COVID at the last minute? Okay, today...
Asking for a friend, actually asking for my sister. I just got into town and she called from Wisconsin
...do you mean aside from stay home?
That is pretty much it. Even VIGs cannot get refunds for that.
I think you're allowed to be sad and have someone deliver ice cream to assist in working through that sadness. You can stay home and feel the feelings for the weekend - that's totally valid.
Stay in your pajamas for the duration.
Sign up for Gen Con online and do online events if you're feeling up to it.
Then you take what's left of your con budget and go to your favorite online retailer and buy something nice for yourself.
At least, that's what I would do.
Seriously, though, I'm sorry your sister t ested positive at the last minute. That's a real bummer.
Well, that’s just awful. It took me years to convince them to come and now they’re out badges and events. I doubt they can cancel the event tickets online. They aren’t going to drive six hours one way to argue in person.
If they have any e-tickets, those can be returned/cancelled on-line.
But we don't live in an ideal world. Too often people will still go on vacations when sick because they ether were looking forward to going, or the money spent is non-refundable. After all they just loose out of all that money spent.
Ideally Gencon would offer full badge refunds right up to Wed of the start of the convention to help encourage those sick to refund their badge and stay home.
Someone pointed out something to me at GenCon:
Have you ever had a bad experience at a restaurant so bad the manager comped your meal?
Ever had a bad experience at a place where they didn't comp you for a bad meal?
I've had both of these experiences (and some partial comps) and I'll tell you the long term difference: I know that not every experience is going to be perfect so I've revisited for the first restaurants. Not only do I avoid the bad restaurants but I've seen several of them close down when the Covid hit the fan. We lost both Denny's in our city and no one misses them.
I don't think there's a good answer. 100% freedom to bail penalty free 5 minutes from check-in time would be very consumer friendly, but it would make housing an even bigger nightmare for the event, the hotels themselves, and even the consumers on a few levels.
Also, I didn’t stay downtown. I stayed about 6 miles away on Rockville Road.
I stayed in Shelbyville. Since I was coming from Cincinnati solo, downtown prices were crazy and parking fees were nuts. Plus out of block was crazy west by the airport or north. So East was great. Holiday Inn 120 a night, deluxe room, fridge, microwave, total breakfast, and exactly 30 minutes from the Gate Ten lot. Fifteen more to the front lobby of ICC.
BTW, I was the only Gen Con-er there.
It was weird. You could hear the trucks on the highway, but when the blackout curtains were pulled, it sounded like thunder. Add the fan of the AC which sounded like rain, and it was amazing sleep. Fantastic mattresses. Holiday Inn Shelbyville IN. Pretty cool.
I did something similar this year, albeit North up in Carmel. Was this your Holiday Inn?
The link didnt work, but it seems like thats the one