Updated August 1, 2021
We want to thank everyone for your patience as we worked through these details and in doing so built an amazing show to bring to our beloved fans/Dragon Con family. These last few months have seen many changes as it relates to the pandemic and recommendations from experts around the world, many even in the last week. In response, we’ve adopted a number of health and safety protocols designed to help reduce the spread of COVID while making the convention fun and memorable for all returning fans. We will continue to evaluate our policies and procedures and follow the guidance of public health officials in order to keep the convention as safe as possible for those who choose to attend in person.
For those who want to stay home, we have Dragon Con Goes Virtual, featuring overlapping coverage of the live convention and exclusive programming just for the platform from our amazing fan tracks. For those who missed it, last year’s version of Dragon Con Goes Virtual was unbelievable, with multiple channels of programming across three different platforms. Like the live convention, this year’s virtual convention will be smaller but packed with the same goodness including streaming, a virtual marketplace with artists and vendors, and so many opportunities to connect and interact on our social platforms it will make your head spin.
Because our fans are amazing, we often get asked what you can do to help the convention. Outside of lending your support and love during this difficult time, which we seriously can’t thank you enough for, we encourage anyone who can be vaccinated, to take the step to protect yourself and your community. Additionally, we ask that you take responsibility to maintain your health by following CDC guidelines, as we will be.
The very best part of Dragon Con is the community. We know that you have each other’s backs, that you care for your fellow fan, and that you will follow the rules because it’s the right thing to do. We trust you to make good decisions and look forward to welcoming you home.
We’ve committed to answering questions about how Dragon Con will look different this year. Below is a rather lengthy list of changes that we have put in place to deliver on a quality Dragon Con experience while taking important steps to keep our members and attendees safe.
Face masks and reduced attendance
- Appropriate face masks will be required at all times inside convention venues regardless of vaccination status, in keeping with updated CDC guidelines and City of Atlanta requirements.
- In 2021, Dragon Con will have reduced capacity from prior years. We have worked closely with our hotels and AmericasMart to determine how many people are permitted in the buildings each day and at a given time and taken further steps to reduce capacity to allow for personal spacing.
- There will be no Saturday-only membership sales before or during the convention. One-day badges will only be available for Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday.
- Related to that, there will be no onsite membership sales to reduce congestion, increase social distance, and improve traffic at badge pickup in the Sheraton. If memberships are available for purchase, they will only be available online through Growtix.
Room Capacity, Including Walk of Fame
- All panel rooms and other programming venues will have a reduced 2/3rds maximum capacity at all times.
- We will have approximately 50% fewer guests signing to provide for better spacing, personal distancing, traffic flow, and line management. There will be a one-way flow enforced throughout the room and limited capacity at all times. Additional safety precautions may be enforced, including temperature checks.
Traffic Flow, Congestion, and Personal Distancing
- Badge checks will be expanded across the show to support the capped attendance and spacing. If you don’t have a membership for Dragon Con, we ask that you participate in some of our awesome virtual elements highlighted below, as the hotels will be closed to badge-holding members only.
- Lines for events and panel programming will be closed once we reach the 2/3rds reduced room capacity to reduce the number of people congregating in an area and to improve traffic flow. As always, ballrooms will be cleared between panels and the existing line policy, #18 remains in effect and will be strictly enforced.
- Other specific changes to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion include.
- The Concourse Stages will have longer breaks between each performance, rotating between both locations with fewer bands and performances overall.
- Fan tables will not be openly available for 2021 to reduce lobby congestion and improve traffic flow.
- The Chosen Costume Contest, hosted annually at Dragon Con Night at the Georgia Aquarium, will take a hiatus to prevent crowding.
- Our traditional arcade partner, Joystick Game Bar will move from AmericasMart to a unique pop-up experience located at 161 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, with activities going on from 10a – 4a daily. Dragon Con members get in free.
- Our venues have adopted enhanced cleaning protocols and are committed to delivering above and beyond the sanitation standards established. If you would like details, we encourage you to check with each property individually.
- All panel rooms and programming spaces will be closed twice a day for deep cleaning – once during the day and once overnight. These closures will happen on a rolling basis, with specific times indicated in the app, so there will ALWAYS be lots of programming options to choose from.
- Gaming in AmericasMart Building 1 will have limited hours to meet our cleaning commitments and other enhanced safety measures. The building will be closed from 2 am – 8 am daily. Open gaming, available in the Savannah Ballroom of the Westin, will be available 24 hours a day, with the exception of closing daily for cleaning.
- Because children under 12 years old are not recommended for the COVID vaccine, the Kids Track will not host the Kids’ Character Encounter or Family-Friendly Dance.
- We have received our parade permit and at this time will host a modified and scaled back parade. A Dragon Con membership is required to view the parade live and in person for 2021. All others can watch the parade on CW69, our broadcast partner, or on our DCTV YouTube,
and other social media platforms.
- We are excited to again partner with Epic Photo Ops, who has adjusted their policies with the safety and wellbeing of our guests and fans in mind, including limiting the number of individuals in a photo op. For a detailed listing of additional protocols, visit their website.