October 5, 2021 – PAX Unplugged To Require Vaccination To Attend. The major gaming convention taking place in Philadelphia, PA on December 10 – 12 announced on social media that it has updated its health and safety guidelines to include the requirement of proof of vaccination.
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See the statement below from PAX:
At this time, we anticipate that everyone participating in PAX Unplugged, including exhibitors, fans, Enforcers and our PAX staff, will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved or authorized by the FDA or WHO against COVID-19 in order to attend and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry.
Details regarding full vaccination status and our verification process will be provided over the next few weeks. We expect to accept proof of vaccination of any vaccine approved or authorized by the FDA or WHO and that guests will be permitted to display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy of their vaccination card along with a government issued ID reflecting the name on the documentation.
Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change. Please refer to our website often for current guidelines.
Even though there were strict distancing and masking guidelines, as well as, half of the normal capacity at Gen Con (September 16 – 19) in Indianapolis, IN there was no vaccine requirement. As the COVID Delta Variant thrives and confirmed cases remain high, that particular event was polarizing among the board game community about how safe it actually was after videos of large crowds began to surface. Different states in the US are handling the pandemic differently but more and more vaccine requirements are becoming the norm. It will be interesting to see how this is received given it is such a controversial issue.