Gen Con, LLC. announced updated on-site health safety protocols for their upcoming September show. This show was pushed back to September 16-19 from August 5-8 (see "Gen Con Pushed Back, Format Now Includes FLGS Pop-Ups").  

As COVID-19 cases continue to drop, Gen Con organizers have decided to allow its vaccinated attendees to enjoy the show without masks as long as they can provide proof of vaccination. This protocol was updated in response to the lifting of safety restrictions in the state of Indiana, and Indianapolis itself, on July 1.

Attendees that prefer not to wear a mask can present proof of vaccination and ID at a health check-in station and get a wrist bracelet which indicates that they are vaccinated. According to Gen Con, they expect most attendees to be vaccinated; 87% of Gen Con survey respondents said that they are fully vaccinated, and another 5% expect to be fully vaccinated by the time of the show.

Unvaccinated individuals will still be required to wear a mask at all times, and Gen Con continues to strongly recommend mask-wearing at all times indoors or in crowded areas for all attendees. Additionally, Gen Con will provide the following safety accomodations during the show:

  •     Reduced capacity at approximately 60% of normal size
  •     Increased spacing for all gaming tables
  •     Nightly closure of the convention center for cleaning and sanitizing
  •     More outdoor activations

Although several large exhibitors have bowed out early (see "Big Companies Continue to Bail on Attending Gen Con Indy 2021"), Gen Con's exhibitor list includes hundreds of companies.