Hal-Con COVID Health & Safety Protocols
Our 2021 event followed health and safety protocols recommended by the Nova Scotia Health Authority in order to prevent the potential transmission of COVID-19. We also worked closely with the Halifax Convention Centre to ensure that we could put on the best and safest event for all attendees and volunteers. The below information describes health and safety protocols that were developed and followed for our 2021 event.
Tickets for Hal-Con 2021 were limited and released in blocks. Total tickets sold did not exceed approximately 40% of our usual capacity.
Hal-Con 2021 was a masked event. Masks were required at all times except when eating and/or drinking. Masks that are part of costumes may be acceptable if they fully cover the mouth and nose area.
Attendees wishing to be exempt from wearing a mask at the convention must be prepared to offer proof of a valid medical reason recognized by the Nova Scotia Health Authority upon entry. At that time, they will be offered a bracelet to wear that will prevent them from further questioning by security or staff.
Although the requirement for 6-foot social distancing was lifted in Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s Reopening plan, we adjusted our event layout to provide maximum opportunity for social distancing between attendees.
Our Vendor area was more spaced out than in previous years, allowing guests and vendors to maintain a comfortable distance from each other and traffic to flow easily.
Our venue has a rigorous cleaning and sanitizing schedule. The current status of the Halifax Convention Centre’s cleaning policy can be found here. Hal-Con volunteers also regularly sanitized high-traffic surfaces such as gaming controllers, arcade cabinets, VR headsets, etc.
Hand sanitizer was readily available in all areas of the convention.
As in previous years, guests must provide contact information in order to purchase a ticket. We also captured contact information at the point of entry to the convention.
The Nova Scotia government announced in September that full vaccinations will be mandatory to attend non-essential and recreational events effective October 4, 2021. This mandate applies to Hal-Con. Attendees were required to show proof of compliance with this policy by filling out our COVID-19 Information and Liability Form.
For more information about vaccination requirements, see the official Nova Scotia COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination page.