Masks Required, No Vaccine Requirement for Otakon 2021

Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2021) – Safety practices at Otakon 2021 have been clarified by Otakorp Inc. Masks will be required, but proof of vaccination will not be required.

Otakorp highly recommends all eligible individuals are vaccinated if attending Otakon but will not be requiring proof of vaccination for entry.  

This year, Otakorp requires that masks be worn at all times for anyone over the age of 2. Certain exceptions will be made, such as:
·  Presenters during panels or workshops while socially distanced
·  Cosplayers while photos are being taken while social distanced
·  While eating or drinking in designated areas
·  For the convenience of having their lips read by a person who is deaf or hard of hearing
·  Other areas as approved by Otakon Staff

This policy is subject to change based on changes to CDC guidelines, local regulations or other data.

In addition, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be providing enhanced cleaning, with environmentally-safe surface protection and disinfection. Deep cleaning cycles will be performed daily. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles will be coated with antimicrobial and antiviral surface coatings. 

In addition, the convention center now has hospital-grade air filtration systems, including dry hydrogen peroxide and UV disinfection. There will be plasmacluster ionization technology in all elevators and UV light continuous sanitation on all escalator handrails.

Full information on the Otakon 2021 safety policy can be found on the web site: https://www.Otakon.com/info/covid/

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-seventh year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.Otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2021, see http://www.Otakon.com/


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