Okashicon COVID Policy

Event Safety During the Pandemic

Updated May 12, 2022

The most important thing to Okashicon is the happiness and health of our attendees, staff, and all those who make Okashicon great. As the COVID-19 Global Pandemic continues, Okashicon is both cautiously optimistic and prepared to hold an in person event with the safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, guests, exhibitors, volunteers, and panelists in mind.

All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, panelists, sponsors, volunteers, staff, guests, and others are expected to abide by our code of conduct and all polices in effect .

We will continue to monitor and update safety precautions for all of our convention regularly and coordinate with trusted national resources, state and local public health agencies, and the venues hosting our event.

We reserve the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of the current global pandemic.

Vaccination Requirement

Okashicon will be requiring all panelists, Guests, Vendors  to be fully vaccinated (including booster). This applies for all members of a team for a group panel.

  • Fully vaccinated means you received a booster shot after receiving either a two-dose Pfizer/Moderna vaccine series or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you are not yet eligible for a booster by May 12, 2022, you are considered fully vaccinated.
  • Booster Eligibility
    • Pfizer/Moderna: 5 months after completing the two-dose vaccine series.
    • Johnson & Johnson: 2 months after the one-dose vaccine.

Mask Requirement

Per CDC guidelines, acceptable masks must be worn at all times for anyone over the age of 2 years old.

  • Exceptions:
    • When eating or drinking in designated areas.
    • When required to communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.
    • When requested to remove your mask by a uniformed law enforcement officer.

Masks must fall within the following guidelines:

  • Wear your mask properly. Keep your mask well-fitted over your nose and mouth.
  • Acceptable Masks: Surgical or procedural masks, N95 or KN-95 masks without vents, cloth masks worn properly.
  • Unacceptable Masks: Bandanas, neck gaiters, masks with vents, masks made of lace or any other holes.
    To help evaluate your mask purchase, please use the CDC website on evaluating purchases of KN95, N95, and other masks.

Physical Distancing

To help attendees communicate their level of comfort in interacting with one another, Okashicon will provide color-coded ribbons to all onsite attendees:

  • Red = Physical Distancing – Greet from Six Feet
  • Yellow= Elbows Only
  • Green = Handshakes and Hi-fives