HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION

We're so excited to see you at ECCC 2021! Our team is currently reviewing the ECCC health and safety guidelines as they relate to public health recommendations and in consultation with other event organizers and venue partners. We will continue to update our protocols for ECCC 2021 as needed. Make sure to continue checking this page for the most up-to-date guidelines!

We’re excited to welcome you back to Emerald City Comic Con!

At ECCC and all ReedPop events, your health and safety are our top priorities. We’ve implemented new guidelines and policies based on current CDC Guidelines , local public health guidance and the Washington State Convention Center protocols  to help support a safe and comfortable experience, and we will continue to update you here as safety standards evolve.  Please review the updated protocols below for more information about what you can expect at ECCC 2021. Please check back often because additional details about policies and procedures will be posted here as they are made available. Every attendee, including fans, exhibitors, artists, guests, crew, and staff, are expected to comply with our health and safety requirements:

Vaccine/Negative Testing Verification 

In accordance with Washington State and local public health guidance, everyone will need to provide proof of full vaccination with vaccines approved or authorized by the FDA or WHO, or proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test to enter ECCC. For unvaccinated attendees proof of negative test will be required each day of entry - antigen COVID-19 tests must be taken within 24 hours of entry to the event, and PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of entry to the event.

Face coverings 

Everyone is required to wear an approved face covering while attending ECCC. For more details and requirements about face coverings, please click here

Please note:  Based on current local and venue health guidelines, this policy applies to all attendees, including cosplayers, exhibitors, guests, artists, and staff. We will continue to evaluate this policy and post updates as they are available. 

Costume and Cosplay: These policies apply to cosplay and costume pieces. Face coverings must be visible at all times. For this reason, headwear and cosplay pieces which cover the face in a manner which does not visibly fit the face covering requirements will not be permitted. We appreciate your understanding.

Increased Sanitization and Hygiene 

ReedPop is working closely with the Washington State Convention Center and implementing the WSCC’s evolving Safety First Plan based on CDC, governmental and industry best practices. It is the responsibility of every individual to maintain good personal hygiene, including washing your hands frequently.

Reduced Capacity

In 2021, ECCC will have reduced capacity from prior years - attendance and badges will be limited and we are working closely with the venue to determine how many people are permitted in the building each day and at any given time.

Directional and Distance Markings

We have adjusted our layout and implemented exhibitor recommendations with capacity management and physical distancing in mind. Please follow all floor, directional and distance markings and signage.

Follow All Signage and Direction from Staff 

Operational adjustments may occur throughout the event in order to promote the health and safety of everyone. Please adhere to all signage and direction from all staff. 

Follow the Code of Conduct

Please be aware of and respect the personal boundaries of your fellow attendees so that everyone can enjoy their time at ECCC.

ECCC management and partners are committed to upholding the health & safety standards outlined on this page. Additional details about policies and procedures will be posted here as they are made available. To read more about our efforts to ensure Health & Safety at ReedPop, including RX in the new normal, please click here.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation, and we hope you enjoy the show!

HEALTH & SAFETY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Please ensure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to the United States and for travel to Washington. Visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/travelers-commuters for more information on Washington’s travel advisories.

Please be advised that a risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any event or public space, including ECCC. Prior to purchasing a ticket/badge for, and/or attending, ECCC, please ensure you have read the latest CDC Guidelines for PreventionBy attending ECCC, you acknowledge this inherent risk on behalf of yourself and/or any Minor for which you serve as Guardian, and, as a condition of entering ECCC, you acknowledge, understand and confirm each of the following in accordance with applicable health guidelines:

  • You and/or any Minor over the age of 13 for which you serve as a Guardian will activate your Badge and/or any Minor over the age of 13 for which you serve as a Guardian’s badge prior to entering the Event;
  • You and/or any Minor for which you serve as a Guardian will abide by all ECCC health-and-safety requirements;
  • You and/or any Minor for which you serve as a Guardian are not currently experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, as identified at CDC.gov, including, but not limited to:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • Prior to attending ECCC you and/or any Minor for which you serve as a Guardian have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
  • You and/or any Minor for which you serve as a Guardian are not under any self-quarantine orders; and
  • That, in accordance with Washington State recommendations, as a requirement to enter ECCC, you will either provide (i) proof of full vaccination status from a vaccine approved by the FDA or the WHO, or (ii) a negative COVID-19 test, on behalf of yourself and any Minor for which you serve as Guardian will be required for entry to ECCC.

For purposes of this acknowledgement, a “Minor” means any individual who is under eighteen (18) years of age or has not reached the age of majority as defined by such individual’s jurisdiction of residence, and a “Guardian” means such Minor’s parent or legal guardian or other individual attending ECCC who is over the age of eighteen (18) and acting in loco parentis for such Minor.

Please do not enter ECCC or Washington State Convention Center if you cannot confirm all of the above criteria. If at any point during your time at ECCC you do not meet all of the above criteria, you will be required to isolate and may be relocated or asked to leave Washington State Convention Center at the sole discretion of event management.

Please note: The guidelines in this document are based on information currently available regarding the behavior and characteristics of the COVID-19 virus, public health information and local or state guidelines with respect to large gatherings in any particular community. As more clarity with respect to these variables emerges, it is expected that these guidelines may need to be adjusted accordingly

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Attendees will be asked to show proof of full vaccination from a FDA or WHO approved vaccine on their smartphone or through a physical copy, along with an appropriate ID matching the name on the documentation.

For all attendees, your documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination, and you can display your proof on your smartphone or present a physical copy.

Anyone 18 years or older must also present a government-issued ID such as driver’s license or passport. Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally-issued ID.

We accept proof of vaccination of any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/covid-19-vaccines.

If you are not vaccinated, you or your Guardian, if you are a Minor, will need to provide proof of a negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test to enter ECCC. For such attendees, antigen COVID-19 tests must be taken within 24 hours of the event start time, and PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of each day of entry to the event.

The following are acceptable as proof of a negative COVID-19 test result: printed document (from the test provider or laboratory) OR an email or text message displayed on a phone or electronic device from the test provider or laboratory. The information provided should include name of person tested, type of test performed, and date of negative test result (for PCR test, date of negative result must be within prior 72 hours; for antigen test, date of negative result must be within prior 24 hours). Self-reported negative test results that are not from a test provider, a laboratory, or a health care provider cannot be accepted.

Please note that all restrictions and requirements are subject to change. Please refer to our website often for current guidelines.

For all attendees, your documentation needs to be directly from the healthcare provider that performed the test, and you can display your proof on your smartphone or present a physical copy.

Anyone 18 years or older must also present a government-issued ID such as driver’s license or passport. Those younger than 18 may use a government-issued ID, birth certificate, social security card, school ID, or locally-issued ID.

 There are limited testing locations around the WSCC.  Please see COVID-19 Testing (seattle.gov) for more information. Please plan ahead and arrange for testing of fans under the age of 12 in advance of arrival at ECCC.  Note that the turnaround time for a Molecular/PCR test is typically 1-2 days.

If at any point, your vaccination verified wristband becomes damaged, lost, or is removed, you are required to return to the verification center to obtain a new wristband. 

 The CLEAR Health Pass (Option 1) is only available for fully vaccinated registrants that received the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. “Fully vaccinated” means that the date of entry to ECCC is at least 14 days after the individual’s receipt of the final dose of an FDA approved or authorized vaccine. All other registrants must use On-site Manual Validation. 

There will also be an option for on-site manual validation. This option is available for partially vaccinated registrants, those individuals vaccinated outside of the United States, and fully vaccinated registrants that have elected not to use CLEAR.

CLEAR is a third party provider – each individual utilizing CLEAR has a direct relationship with CLEAR and any use of CLEAR is subject to the CLEAR terms of use.  CLEAR will not share your data about your vaccination with ECCC, RX, or any vendors or service provider associated with the event.

 Fully vaccinated” means by the date of the event you are attending must be:

  • at least 14 days after your second dose of a FDA or WHO approved two dose COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • at least 14 days after your single dose of a FDA or WHO approved single dose COVID-19 vaccine.

 Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson/Jansen

Any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford
  • Sinopharm-BBIBP
  • Sinovac
  • Covishield
  • Covaxin

All other COVID-19 vaccines, including Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, and Sinopharm-WIBP are not acceptable.

*This list is current as of November 22, 2021 and may be revised in the future.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer ticket refunds. Please ensure you are free from COVID-19 symptoms prior to traveling. Please click here to view our full ticket terms and conditions.

Everyone attending ECCC is required to wear an approved face covering. Additional details and guidelines on acceptable face coverings can be found here

Approved face coverings are required to be worn by all attendees. To request an accommodation or for additional questions regarding accessibility, please contact us.

ReedPop and ECCC show management partner closely with all venues, local, state, and federal health authorities to maintain a robust operational plan designed to maximize the health and safety of everyone. These Include:

  • Strict compliance with code of conduct (including signage and staff guidance)
  • Retention of exhibitor and attendee information for contact tracing purposes
  • Increased sanitization and hygiene - trash will be removed from the exhibit halls with greater frequency
  • Designated entrance and exit points to the event floor
  • Directional and distance markings
  • Increased staff and security to provide the best customer service and information accessibility

The Washington State Convention Center maintains an extensive health & safety plan for all events, including ECCC. For more information, please click here.

The Washington State Convention Center is proud to have received GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation in recognition of enhanced venue health and safety measures. Established by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association) the GBAC STAR™ program establishes requirements to support venue work practices, protocols, procedures, and systems that minimize risks associated with infectious agents such as COVID-19.

Everyone is expected to fully comply with all health and safety guidelines. Acknowledging the guidelines and agreeing to comply is a requirement of entry (See the Health & Safety Acknowledgement above). ECCC will have specially designated Safety Enforcers available to ensure all guidelines are being followed. 

ECCC expects everyone attending ECCC to adhere to our various policies, including anti-harassment, security screening, and more. Please click here to learn more about the other policies in place at ECCC.

ECCC has adopted several exhibitor best practices based on industry standards. By taking advantage of these recommendations, your organization will help ensure a safer experience for all attendees and customers. Please note that these recommendations may be revised and supplemented to ensure compliance with state, local and venue requirements. The Exhibitor Manual will be updated periodically to provide clear guidance on recommendations and requirements for Exhibitors.

  • Staffing Your Space: We recommend no more than (3) individuals per 100 sq. ft. of space
  • Hand Sanitizer: Ensure availability of hand sanitizer at all booths
  • Throughput: Control the scale, size and timing of meetings or gatherings within your space; avoid creating crowds
  • Dividers: Include transparent dividers in areas where people may be in close contact
  • Reduce Contact: Consider touchless (electronic and digital) alternatives to engagement, collateral material and giveaways
  • Signage: Incorporate signage promoting health and safety best practices
  • Increased Cleaning: Plan for cleaning of spaces and surfaces throughout the day; regularly sanitize surfaces and items with appropriate 

For answers to additional frequently asked questions, please click here. If you’d like to contact us directly, please click here.