Better Rework Your Cosplay: SDCC to Require Face Masks w/Vaccine Pass

According to the latest reporting from Deadline, it may be time to retrofit that Stormtrooper mask.

The organizers of this week’s San Diego Comic-Con are requiring “all attendee groups, including but not limited to exhibitors, guests, staff, press, professionals, volunteers, and cosplayers…to wear an approved face covering regardless of vaccination status.”

In case there’s any doubt in year three of the pandemic what an approved face covering looks like, the organizers add the following: “Face coverings should completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and not have any gaps.”

All attendees are also required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated — two shots — or provide proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours.

As part of that, attendees must download a “Health Pass” that will be used to quickly verify testing and/or vaccination status. All those who so verify will be given a wristband which will allow entry to the Convention Center. 

This will definitely dampen the mood, and potentially the turn out. While most attendees of the last two years’ “virtual cons” felt they were overpriced livestreams with mostly low energy, many won’t want to wear a full face mask the entire time they attend the con, particularly if they’ve been boosted already. And for those who are already in poor health, a new study from Nature suggests that due to the bacteria they collect, that vulnerable people should avoid them altogether  to prevent microbial infection.
Presumably, anyone not wearing a face mask will be forcibly removed from the convention.
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Karina Smitt

I'm not as much of a "CoMiCs NeEd MoAr DiVeRsItY & iNcLuSiOn" advocate as my girlfriend often is, but we both love funny books, crispy bacon, straight bourbon and hip hop. Add yet, we never vote the same, so we cancel each other out... and that works perfectly in my book!