Final update on COVID-19 and our policies going into the show. On February 25th, the CDC released a new tool “Covid 19 Community Levels”. According to this new tool, the tool is “to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. According to this new tool, Bernalillo County is currently Community Level: Low and the rest of New Mexico is Community Level: Low except for Rio Arriba County, Santa Fe County and Grant County which are Community Level: Medium. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
The CDC also has the “COVID-19 Integrated County View” map, that we have been following for our Covid policies, https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=all_states&list_select_county=&data-type=Risk. Bernalillo County is currently at Transmission Level: High.
With Covid-19 cases rising again and with the CDC warning of another surge in the next few weeks, Monkey Paw Entertainment will continue with our 100% Mask Mandate at Sabaku Con 2022.
We will require all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, over the age of 5 to wear a mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as well as keep everyone safe. For those in attendance that cannot wear a mask for health reasons we ask that you wear a face shield [If you do not own a face shield, we will have some to purchase at registration for $2]. We will also provide normal face masks at registration at no cost in the event you forgot or lost yours.
We will also be enforcing the mask mandate during the event to ensure everyone stays safe. If a staff member sees you in our event space not wearing your mask you will be asked to put your mask on. If you are warned additional times to put your mask on you may be asked to leave the event and no refund will be given for your badge. We will do our best on when a badge should be marked for a warning and would only mark badges in the event the mask was not worn intentionally. The last thing we want to do is remove someone from the event and cause undue stress for forgetting to put a mask on.
The hotel has outside seating for removing your mask and for eating at The Pavilion. [Examples of when you can remove your mask include, but not limited to: taking photos at the photo booth, a panelist at the front of the room running a panel, and masquerade during judging or performing on the stage] We are also taking extra steps to ensure our space is cleaned regularly. We will be using electrostatic sprayers to sanitize panel rooms regularly. The venue will have hand sanitizing stations through out the space.
If you choose to not attend this year due to our current policy, we will be allowing anyone after the show ends to request their badge be rolled to 2023 if you didn’t use it this year. All you will need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org after May 29th with the email you used to purchase your badge and request your purchases be rolled to our 2023 event.