COVID Policies for Otakon 2022

Last Update: March, 29, 2022

Otakon 2022: July 29-31, 2022

We want our members to know that we continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the city, as well as our partners in regards to COVID-19.  We'll be keeping this page updated with information as we have it regarding Otakon 2022 convention policies.

Otakon 2022 Vaccine and Mask Policy

In the interest of the safety of all our members, Otakorp will require Otakon 2022 attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (if eligible), or to present a negative Covid PCR test with a sample date no earlier than July 27, 2022. Masks will also be required to be worn in all convention areas in the Walter E Washington Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis.

In addition to Otakorp’s policies, Otakorp reminds all members that they are individually responsible for complying with any and all standing policies of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and with any and all laws and ordinances in effect in the City of Washington, DC, including those related to COVID-19. 

Additional information can be found here:

More details will be released as soon as they are available.

This policy is subject to change based on changes to CDC guidelines, local regulations or other data.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Otakorp is maintaining its current health requirements, but reserves the right to adjust these restrictions closer to the convention if the pandemic situation allows.

Vaccine verification (via vaccine app or physical vaccine card + photo ID for members over 18) will be required in all areas of the convention center for OTAKON 2022.

What constitutes “fully vaccinated?”

The CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as:

  • A 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or
  • A single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).
  • Booster shots are not required, but strongly recommended.

Will you accept any vaccine verification apps?

Otakorp will be accepting a digital vaccine verification application when you enter the building.  We will be updating the document with more information in the near future.

What about physical vaccine cards?

If you intend to use your physical vaccine card, you must show your official CDC-issued physical vaccine card, along with a government-issued ID with a name that matches the vaccine card.

I’ve already had Covid. Why do I need to be vaccinated?

For the health and safety of all our members, we are requiring full vaccination for all eligible members as outlined above. Vaccination reinforces and strengthens immunity, and is required to attend Otakon 2022 for all eligible individuals, regardless of previous Covid status.

What if I have an exemption?

Members who have a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccines must present a negative PCR test with a sample date no earlier than July 27, 2022. 

Can I show a negative COVID test result?

Yes. Although Otakorp requires all eligible individuals be vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 PCR test with a sample date no earlier than July 27, 2022 will be accepted.

What about children too young to be vaccinated?

Children under 5 are exempt from the vaccine requirement. Children under 2 do not need to be masked. 

Are masks still required?

A well-fitting mask that covers your mouth and nose will be required inside all convention areas, except for areas designated by signs. We recommend N95 or KN95-style masks. If your cosplay includes a helmet, a mask must still be worn beneath your helmet. Helmets and/or headgear may need to be removed when entering the facility to verify mask compliance.

For more information on acceptable masks, please see: Use and Care of Masks | CDC

What about HIPAA and medical privacy?

Otakorp is not subject to HIPAA regulation, and will not be recording, storing, or maintaining vaccination or exemption records. 

Can I get a refund or rollover?

If you have a concern regarding your Membership and this policy, please send us a message through our Contact Us Form using the topic “Registration Assistance”.

The WEWCC has made numerous technology updates to the facility to keep you safe, healthy and protect against COVID-19.  Be sure to check out our Location page that details all the MANY technology upgrades the Center has put in place!

GBAC STARTM facility accreditation means that WEWCC venue staff and partners are implementing the highest standards for cleaning and disinfection of infectious agents like the novel coronavirus. It provides third-party validation that the facilities meet high levels of cleanliness and safety.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is the first GBAC STARTM accredited facility in the District and the first GBAC STARTM accredited convention center in the Mid-Atlantic/ Northeast.

More Information on the WEWCC

We encourage all of our members to continue to stay safe, continue to take precautions (wearing a mask, social distancing, washing hands, etc.) and (if you are able) to get vaccinated.

 

History

  • March 29th, 2022: Added Frequenntly Asked Questions, information on acceptance of negative tests.
  • March 4th, 2022: Removed reference to DC's requirement that indoor venues verify vaccination status (ended 2/15/2022).  At this time Otakon's vaccination and masks policies have not changed.  
  • January 31st, 2022: Updated with requirement to Vaccination and Mask usage for Otakon 2022
  • December 10th, 2021: Updated page for Otakon 2022.

Useful Links

The best way to protect yourself is to be fully vaccinated (and please continue to wash your hands frequently).