Hal-Con COVID Health & Safety Protocols
Our 2021 event will follow health and safety protocols recommended by the Nova Scotia Health Authority in order to prevent the potential transmission of COVID-19. We’re also working closely with the Halifax Convention Centre to ensure that we can put on the best and safest event for all attendees and volunteers. The protocols listed below are subject to change based on Nova Scotia’s case numbers and the presence of community transmission at the time of the event.
Tickets for Hal-Con 2021 will be limited and released in blocks, with the second block going on sale at 7pm the day after Nova Scotia enters Phase 5 of its Reopening Plan. The rest of the available tickets will be released two weeks after the second block is released.
Total tickets sold will not exceed approximately 40% of our usual capacity, even if public health restrictions around gatherings are relaxed further.
Hal-Con 2021 will be a masked event regardless of public health masking recommendations at the time of the event. Masks will be 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.
Social distancing will be encouraged whenever possible. In Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, the 6ft social distancing rule will be discontinued. We will strive to maintain a minimum of 2ft of distance between attendees.
Our Vendor area will be 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 will also be regularly sanitizing high-traffic surfaces such as gaming controllers, arcade cabinets, VR headsets, etc.
Hand sanitizer will be readily available in all areas of the convention.
As in previous years, guests must provide contact information in order to purchase a ticket. We will also be capturing 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 will be required to show proof of compliance with this policy. For more information, see the official news release here. We will update this page once more information (e.g. about requirements for demonstrating vaccine status, medical exemptions, etc.) becomes available from the province.