Based on the current trends and outcomes from our discussions, the following requirements will be necessary for all in-person attendees:
SAINTCON 2021 will have a face-mask requirement for all attendees, presenters, staff, volunteers, and others participating in the event. Face masks that are appropriate for the conference must cover the nose and mouth at all times. SAINTCON will provide disposable face-masks for those who forget to bring or otherwise need one.
SAINTCON 2021 will require that all participants certify that they have received the vaccine or tested positive for antibodies as a requirement to attend the event. CDC vaccination cards, either physical or electronic (state Docket App), will be checked and compared to the individual’s Photo ID to validate this requirement. Antibody paperwork with your name and date of test within the past 80 days will also work. Afterward, a wristband will be issued to the individual and placed on their arm. Each participant should safeguard the wristband so that it will last the entire week. The wristband will remove any need for further checks on entry.
The following are the only exceptions we intend to have to full-time mask-wearing:
PRESENTERS / SPEAKERS:
A presenter or speaker may choose to remove their mask while actively presenting at SAINTCON when they are both: 1. The only individual on the stage/platform and 2. Can maintain the appropriate social distance from others. When two or more individuals are delivering a presentation together (co-presenting, panel, etc.) and cannot maintain proper social distance from each other, all individuals involved must wear a mask accordingly.
We have been working with the venue to provide enough tables in our conference rooms and other spaces to allow adequate social distancing while eating. Individuals may remove masks while seated and eating in these areas during the conference. The venue will wipe down tables and other surfaces before and after meals.
VACCINE CARD EXCEPTIONS
NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS (NO LONGER THAN 72 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT)
If you have a lab report showing a negative test for COVID-19 which was taken less than 72 Hours prior to the event. To be valid, these results must be from a reputable lab, have your name printed, and be dated < 72 hours prior to Oct 19th. We will NOT accept over-the-counter test results or testing items as proof. Please do not bring these items to SAINTCON.
ANTIBODY TEST RESULTS
Positive tests for antibodies will be accepted if they are from a reputable lab, have your name on them, and indicate a positive test within the last 80 days prior to the conference.
KIDS NIGHT EVENT
SAINTCON will be holding an optional event to allow attendees to bring their children to the venue. We recognize that many children who attend may not be age-eligible for the vaccine. Thus a standard exception for children unable to receive the vaccine will be in place for this event only, but each child must be able to wear a face mask to attend. Disposable face-masks will be available at the door.
We understand that changing the attendance requirements may alter the ability of some individuals to attend the conference. It may also impact the desire to participate in SAINTCON based on personal, political, or religious preference and beliefs. Please know that we entirely respect this and will offer full refunds to those unable to attend the conference due specifically to these changes in requirements up until September 9th, 2021.
For people with a variety of issues which may make them ineligible to receive the vaccine, we will make accommodations for them by allowing a lab-based negative COVID test at time of check-in. (See exceptions above for details). We will review these on a case-by-case basis at the time of check-in. Our intention is to not turn people away if there is another way to satisfy our basic safety requirements.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for registration after September 9th. SAINTCON is a cost-recovery event, meaning that we charge individuals what it costs us to hold the event. With all of the fun things we do, we have to front-load costs to cover badges, materials, keynotes, venue, etc. Most of these costs begin in late August and become fully committed. Issuing refunds after the cutoff is not possible.
NO. There is no scenario where we would cancel SAINTCON altogether. But in the unlikely event that Local, State, or Federal requirements remove our ability to hold the conference as planned, SAINTCON would move to postpone to a later date/time rather than cancel it outright.
No. We have been working to integrate important conference events into Discord, and department heads have been encouraged to include Discord in their event strategies as much as possible. Still, SAINTCON will not be held officially as a hybrid event, meaning that people participating only via Discord will not have the same experience as those attending in person.
We will accept Positive Antibody test results as an alternative to a vaccine card.
No. You are welcome to wear a face shield and a mask, but unfortunately we can not allow participants to wear face shields alone in lieu of masks.
SAINTCON will accept the Official CDC Vaccination card (photo or physical) or the Docket app which is officially supported by the State of Utah. For information regarding Docket or getting a new vaccination card in Utah please see: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/vaccination-cards-what-you-need-to-know-about-proving-your-vaccination-status/
SAINTCON will not store or retain any heath information presented to be cleared for entry. Once the individual is cleared for entry, they will be issued a wristband that in conjunction with a conference badge will grant them access through the security checkpoint throughout the week.
It is my hope that our community will understand the need for these requirements, and that you will engage with us in a positive way to ensure that everyone participating can feel comfortable in their choice to be there in-person.
We regret the need to even have COVID be an influence on our event this year. I feel that we have found the best balance of holding an in-person event in a responsible way with the options we have available. We have an incredible conference planned with a lot of new and ambitious content creators, and hope to see you there, even if it means we only get to see part of your faces.
If the current COVID surge improves significantly, we may re-assess our requirements before the conference, but we expect these requirements to be in place and should be planned for.
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