The Press Release:
Anime NYC announced in August an overview of our Proof of Vaccination and Face Covering requirements (outlined HERE ICYMI), and since then we’ve received a number of questions. Today, we want to share a detailed version of this policy. The following is of October 4, 2021, and it will be updated as new guidance becomes available. Anime NYC is working closely with the Javits Center, New York City, and New York State to create the safest experience possible for all attendees, exhibitors, and guests.
COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIRED
All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 12-years-old or older entering the Javits Center for Anime NYC must show proof of vaccination. This is per the City of New York’s Key to NYC (click HERE) initiative in place across all restaurants, museums, theaters, and all other indoor venues throughout New York City.
Your proof of vaccination must show that you have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO. You can attend immediately after your first dose. Proof of vaccination accepted includes:
* NYC COVID Safe App
* Excelsior Pass
* CDC Vaccination Card
* NYC Vaccination Record
* Official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
If showing a Vaccination Card or Report, either your physical card or a photocopy or digital image on your smartphone will be accepted.
Your proof of vaccination will be checked once upon your first arrival to Anime NYC, after which you will be given a wristband confirming your vaccination status has been verified. Keep this wristband on all weekend, and show it at the entrance during any additional arrivals to bypass the vaccination check.
ATTENDEES UNDER 12-YEARS-OLD
Attendees under 12-years-old will be allowed at Anime NYC as long as they provide proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within three days of their first day at Anime NYC. Attendees under 5-years-old can attend without a test result.
Tests for attendees under 12-years-old can be…
* At a government-run testing facility
* At a pharmacy like CVS
* At-home tests from Amazon or other online retailers
If showing a negative test, accepted test results include…
* A digital photo
* A printed copy
* A screenshot of an app
* A screenshot of an email
All attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff, crew, and all others 2-years-old or older entering the Javits Center must wear masks while at Anime NYC, and please see the City of New York’s recommendations for preferred face coverings (https://info.urban-expo.com/e/338151/covid-19-face-covering-faq-pdf/437ps6/934056829?h=uyYJnNBm-Ppz_rKRI0Cf3KN3knGWtKAc7GIt3SuzfBg).
All face coverings must properly cover your nose and mouth. A mesh mask is not an acceptable face covering. A face shield is not an acceptable substitute for a mask.
Face coverings can be removed when eating or drinking and by panelists while socially distanced on stage, but face coverings must be worn at all other times at Anime NYC – including when taking part in any cosplay or celebrity photographs.
COSPLAY MASKS, HELMETS, AND FACE COVERINGS
Cosplay masks and helmets are permitted but approved face coverings MUST be worn under the cosplay. Upon entry to the building, you will be required to remove your cosplay mask for security and show your approved face covering.
Staff will be checking this throughout Anime NYC, so please be sure to keep your approved face covering on even if in cosplay.
FURTHER HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES
The following measures are being taken by Anime NYC and/or the Javits Center…
Installation of specialized, hospital-grade air filters to improve air quality and reduce any air contaminants in the Javits Center.
More space. Anime NYC is renting an additional 161,000 sq ft of space for the first time to further provide distancing between features and attendees.
Widened aisles. Anime NYC typically features 10 feet aisles in the expo hall. This year, aisles are widened to an average of 15 feet to allow for more space between features and attendees.
Increase sanitization. Increased sanitization teams from the Javits Center throughout the weekend cleaning the building.
Increased hand sanitizers and signage. Heavy distribution of hand sanitizers throughout the building and messaging around proper hygiene.
The Javits Center has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for facilities implementing strict infectious disease protocols in today’s environment. To achieve the GBAC STAR, Javits has demonstrated achievements in 20 core elements, from standard operating procedures to personal protective equipment. Learn more at gbac.issa.com.
MEDICAL OR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS
Should our vaccination and mask policy not be a match for you this year, we encourage you to enjoy Anime NYC online at home through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we’ll be posting more than ever, and we welcome you to engage as part of the Anime NYC community digitally. We unfortunately cannot allow anyone into the Javits Center without vaccinations or face coverings. Anime NYC is a large gathering, and vaccinations and face coverings are required for the health and safety of all participants.
We thank you for your support and apologize that this year’s Anime NYC may not be a match for all our fans. If you seek to rollover or refund your tickets to Anime NYC, we are able to until our ticket mailing deadline on October 10, and we hope we can welcome you back next year.
ROLLOVERS AND REFUNDS
If you seek to rollover or refund your tickets to Anime NYC, email [email protected] Requests must be made by October 10, 2021. Requests cannot be made after ticket mailing begins.
We ask that all attendees self-evaluate prior to coming to Anime NYC in order to protect others at the event. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has had COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the event, please do not enter the Javits Center. Instead, please reach out to [email protected]
These policies are as of October 4, 2021, and they will be updated as new guidance becomes available. As COVID-19 news changes rapidly, we recommend you follow us on social media (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) to be the first to receive new information. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hey so without getting on a soapbox about it all, I will share the information that I am fully vaccinated and can prove it with a presentation of my NYS Excelsior Pass app and photocopy of the original vaccination card. I don’t mind showing the card or wearing the mask inside the expo center but can encourage anyone who is joining me in this adventure that you take periodic “air breaks” outside since you will likely need them. At the point of this update I am waiting on my okay about attending but can share that I just learned I will be going to the New York Comic Con which is also exciting as these are big shows that I love to attend. The same restrictions will be in place there in case you wondered. So as I close this up let me ask the readership about their own stand on this kind of stuff. Are you planning on attending and are ready to provide the necessary information or are you hoping that it all blows over and will return at that time. Chime in down below in the comments and I will see you again soon. Please stay safe out there, I’d like as many of you as possible to ride out this storm.