Event Safety Rules and Guidance

Notice regarding the Washington State Summer Con Again and Safety Measures for August 7-8, 2021

Washington State Summer Con
Updated: August 1, 2021, and will continue to be updated up to and during the show.

The safety, security, and health of our attendees, vendors, and staff is always a top priority. We are monitoring and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely with our venue along with our local government officials in Pierce County. Special Events, Festivals, and Retail Events are allowed under the Governor’s phased reopening plan, and we will be following all of the requirements specific to our event and its many offshoots that have been provided.  Occupancy restrictions and staggered entry will be enforced.

In summary, the 2021 Washington State Summer Con will be following all guidelines provided by our local and state government health officials.  This includes, but is not limited to:

    Facial Coverings

  • Per the CDC, Governor of Washington, the Washington Secretary of Health, and the Pierce County Health Director, and policy of the Washington State Fair and Events Center, people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from the requirement to wear a mask.
  • July 28th Update:  The Governor, CDC, and local health officials have updated their guidance.  Due to the increased surge, the Governor has encouraged people in Washington to “follow current CDC guidance and consider wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. This is a recommendation, not a requirement.”
  • We will follow these recommendations and ask everyone to consider wearing a mask in areas of high risk.  The show has been spread out to allow for plenty of distancing and room to move.  Additionally, the large bay doors will remain open for great air flow and ventilation.
  • There will be areas at the show that might REQUIRE facial coverings.  Be prepared and bring one as some areas MIGHT REQUIRE masks to be worn at times in those areas that specifically REQUIRE masks.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please wear an appropriate facial covering in all indoor settings and outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be achieved.
  • If you are vaccinated, and would still like to wear a facial covering, we support you fully.
    Occupancy, Distancing, and Cleaning Surfaces

  • Occupancy limits and allowances mandated will be enforced in certain areas.  Some areas may require a short wait to enter if occupancy has been reached.
  • Please always respect others by physically distancing yourself from others while on the grounds when possible.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the facility. Please use them.  High-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized often.
  • Review any signage placed throughout the facility reminding you of our safety procedures.  Compliance is mandatory and will be enforced.

Washington State Summer Con Safety Practices for August 7-8

  • Always attempt to maintain distance from others out of caution and courtesy.  All attendees should respect the space and comfort zones of others with differing expectations and allowances.  Crowding will be prevented and eliminated by the WSSC staff and volunteers in all areas of the show.
  • The Washington State Summer Con will feature vendor areas with increased spacing between vendors and wider aisles.
  • The Comic Creator area will be moved from the show floor to a different area that will allow for reasonable occupancy to avoid crowding and unnecessary indoor line waiting.
  • The Entertainment Celebrities and Photo Ops will be moved to a new area that will allow for occupancy limitations, significant spacing, and line distancing to prevent crowding.
  • Expect each Comic Creator and Entertainment Celebrity to have their own preferences and requests.  All attendees and vendors are expected to be courteous and respect the wishes of each of our guests.  Signage and notice will be provided prior to engaging with either.
  • Any person not wearing a face covering in a REQUIRED area will be asked to leave.  Refusal to follow any request for compliance from a staff member of WSSC will be cause for removal from the show.
  • Artist’s Alley will be spaced out to allow more distance between the artist and guests to avoid crowding.
  • Food and Concessions will have indoor and outdoor options for sitting and eating.  Tables will be space accordingly for the indoor areas.
  • Attractions that have high contact areas will be sanitized regularly and often.
  • All panels will be held in one of two outdoor stages.
  • Many attractions will be placed outside and covered outside areas.  Any vendor areas will open the bay doors to allow significant airflow throughout indoor areas. We reserve the right to amend these safety rules up until June 20th if the need arises.  We reserve the right to refuse service and/or remove from the show anyone who refuses to comply with these policies. No refund will be issued if you are ejected for violating these policies.

Washington State Mask Mandate – updated 5/21/21

(Link to the Governor’s Proclaimation)

Per the CDC’s recommendation adopted by the Governor on May 13, 2021, and as provided in Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03.2, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering inside or outside except when in health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, schools, and public transportation (collectively, “CDC exempted locations”).

In support of Governor Inslee’s order, businesses may choose to implement an honor system and assume that a customer who is not wearing a face covering is fully vaccinated. However, a business may also choose to engage with customers to determine if they are fully vaccinated or are otherwise exempt from the face covering requirement and may also ask customers for proof of vaccination.

Additionally, the Secretary of Health issued an Amendment to the Statewide Face Covering Order on May 15, 2021, including the excerpt below:

(Link to the Director of Health Order and Amending Order)

Attendee Expectations and Requirements – On-Site

While inside the event areas, all attendees are expected to follow the following rules to assist in maintaining a safe and sanitary environment.

  • Facial coverings should be worn at all times in specific areas REQUIRING masks.
  • Always cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Please respect others by physically distancing yourself from others while on the grounds.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the facility. Please use them.
  • Review any signage placed throughout the facility reminding you of our safety procedures.

These precautions are in place for your safety and the safety of others. We’re looking forward to seeing you again!

Attendee Expectations and Requirements – Pre-Visit

Before arriving at the Washington State Summer Con, we are asking any customers to self-screen and answer the following questions.

  • Do you or ANYONE in your party have any symptoms listed below that are not caused by another non-covid related condition?
    Symptoms:  Fever, chills, persistent cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle and/or body aches, the recent loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, fatigue, headache, runny nose, congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?
  • Do you or ANYONE in your party have a temperature over 100.4 degrees?
  • Were you or ANYONE in your party diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not recovered or are still within the required 14-day quarantine?
  • Have you or ANYONE in your party experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 24 hours?
  • Have you or ANYONE in your party had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, we urge you to not arrive at the Washington State Summer Con.  If you’re sick, please stay home. We’ll welcome you after you feel better.