Anime NYC 2021 Will Require Masks And Valid Proof Of Vaccination For Attendees

Updated policy comes after citywide mandate for indoor spaces and events announced on Tuesday


The Anime NYC Powered By Crunchyroll anime convention has officially announced an updated attendee policy that comes after mayor of New York City Bill DeBlasio formally announced the adoption of new indoor guidelines on Tuesday. The updated guidelines require all indoor spaces and venues with scheduled events to require all who wish to enter valid proof of vaccination through the city's recently launched Excelsior Pass Wallet app, their phone's native wallet app, or by providing alternative forms of valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19 amidst a surge in cases centered around the more contagious Delta variant.



To that end, Anime NYC will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and mask usage for all participants. This includes fans, exhibitors, artists, guests, crew, and staff. The convention's founder and representative, Peter Tartara has also confirmed that the convention staff has been confirmed as fully vaccinated ahead of the event scheduled for November 19th-21st. Below is a transcription of the announcement embedded in the tweet:




Throughout the year, Anime NYC has worked closely with the Javits Center and New York City and New York State officials to assure we run this November as a safe and healthy event. We tremendously appreciate their guidance, and we wish to share the latest from NYC with you today. On August 3, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced proof of vaccination will be required to participate in indoor events across NYC. The full details from the City will be coming later this month, but we want to make sure we share an overview with you immediately. As of now, the following will be required to participate in this year’s Anime NYC…


  • Proof of Vaccination for all Anime NYC Participants
  • Required Mask Usage for all Anime NYC Participants


Proof of Vaccination and Masks will be required for all fans, exhibitors, artists, guests, crew, and staff, and we will be following this up with more information later this month. We know there will be many detailed questions (Children under 12? Immunocompromised medical conditions? Cosplay?), and please be assured we will have answers for all of these as well as further clarification around the proof of vaccination required and mask specifics at that time.


And while we look to welcome the anime community back together, if you are uncomfortable or these policies are not a match for you, we will additionally have details about ticket rollover options later this month.


Lastly, please understand these guidelines are as of today, they will continue to evolve through the summer and fall, and should vaccinations rise and COVID cases fall, we could see a relaxation of these guides before November. As always, we will share more details and changes as soon as we have further information.


Until then, I want to say I’m vaccinated and the entirety of the Anime NYC staff is vaccinated – many right inside the Javits Center.


If you’re not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to book a safe, free, and effective vaccine appointment right now throughout New York City, New York State, or our neighboring states…



We thank the Javits Center for all their effort throughout COVID-19 as a field hospital, then a vaccination site, and now for their guidance as live events return.


After a long, tough year, we’re proud to bring New York’s anime community back together, and we will continue to follow the latest direction of the Javits Center and local government officials for a safe and healthy event this November.


– Peter Tatara, Founder, Anime NYC





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